Queer History Oratory
September 25 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMFree
Patrick Califia will be giving our September Oratory. He is a bisexual transman whose writings about sexual politics and gender expression are widely published. He was also a licensed therapist who specialized in work with sex and gender minorities. Patrick was raised in an extremely devout, working-class LDS family. When he came out in 1971, while attending the University of Utah, his parents reacted with horror and attempted to have him locked up in a mental institution. He escaped to San Francisco where he was active in forming Samois, the first lesbian S/M support group, and joined in the raucous controversy of the Feminist Sex Wars. Today, he lives in Portland, OR where he has found sanctuary with a loving group of friends and allies. The 65 years of his life have included direct witness of many key events in LGBT history. The role that religion plays in the oppression of LGBT people as well as the redemptive power of spirituality are just some of the things he writes about today.