Trans: For the Fun of It
In late May, 2014, Time Magazine proclaimed a transgender tipping point. Since then, Kate Bornstein—pioneer nonbinary trans author, activist, and performance artist—has been studying and exploring trans identities that have made no such headway into mainstream culture. In this talk, Kate will use basic tenets of postmodern theory, Tibetan Buddhism, and particle physics. “They all overlap at slapstick comedy,” she insists, going on to say, “transgender life has gotten awfully serious as of late, and I want to remind people that there’s a great deal of physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual joy that can be had by creating and living one's gender mindfully.”
Transgender is Here to Stay So Now What Do You Do?
With Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, and Jazz Jennings with her own television show, it's clear that the world of transgender is itself in transition. Kate Bornstein speaks to the changing language of trans, the clear division that runs through almost every trans community, and a strategy for unifying all our new and disparate trans identities without invisibilizing anyone. "This new world beyond the tipping point," says Kate, "helped me sort out a brand new gender theory that works, and it's not at all complicated. I call it Bornstein's Theory of Relativity."Kate designed this lecture or workshop to give you the tools you'll need to mindfully articulate, discuss, have fun with, and navigate on your own terms, the world beyond a transgender tipping point.
On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
Come spend a cosy evening with your very own Auntie Kate, who promises you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll gasp out loud as she speaks about the last thirty years of her life as a nonbinary identified queer trans dyke. This is an evening of her most favorite heartwarming anecdotes, touching and sometimes painful personal trials and tribulations, and inspiring tales of putting the world to rights. Her performance is at once deeply personal and universally acceptable, weaving together stand-up comedy, theatrical monologues, and heart-to-heart storytelling to convey the experience of her long, rich nonbinary trans life. And just to show how much she loves you, every audience member will leave the theater with the gift of a Get Out of Hell Free card.
Trans 101: Beyond the Tipping Point
On May 29, 2014, transgender actress Laverne Cox graced the cover of Time Magazine, along side the headline: "Transgender Tipping Point, America's Next Civil Rights Frontier." Ever since then, there's been more and more evidence that proves Time's point. So how are you going to mindfully articulate, discuss, and otherwise navigate the world beyond a transgender tipping point? For example...
Is gender a binary, a spectrum, or many of both at the same time?
What's the big difference between Transgender and Trans?
Other than gender, can you name ten factors that define your sexuality?
What are three can't-fail ways that you can be an ally in Trans civil rights?
What words for trans must you never use? (Hint: there aren't any)
Can you name a definitive truth of gender that everyone can agree on?
If you needed a search engine to answer three or more of these questions, then this lecture/workshop is just what you need. You will learn all you ever need to know about pronouns, bathrooms, and what to call your friends, co-workers and relatives who've transitioned.
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