LarryLy Sightings: Newark-Essex Pride Week
Next week is Newark-Essex Pride. Needless to say, LarryLy will be out in full support of his new hometown's annual celebration of it's own diverse and wildly dynamic queer community. If you're in the 973-area (or willing to commute), the week will feature a series of events that'll give other [more generously funded] Prides a run for their money.
Perhaps most importantly, there are two opportunities to catch your boy LarryLy in his element: facilitating, moderating and doing that activist/scholar thing he does so well.
Now, yall know I have a precarious relationship with gay marriage. As I've devoted myself primarily to anti-violence work, building coalitions across identity categories and re-framing the conversation about the value of black queer life, marriage equality is not one of my key organizing areas. In fact, if there is a consistent thread connecting my thinking and speaking about marriage, you'll find it to be more akin to that of BeyondMarriage.org (which insists upon legal recognition for a wide range of relationships, households and families – regardless of kinship or conjugal status) than FreedomToMarry.com (which advocates for same-sex couples receiving the full range of rights and responsibilities afforded by civil marriage).
Mais, c'est la vie. The panel is really quite amazing and methinks the ACLU will benefit from having a moderator who can see beyond the short-sighted clamber for equality and actually identify the need to critique the problematic underpinnings of the institution of marriage itself.
At the "Theologies that Heal, Theologies that Kill" conference, Pride attendees will explore that vexed terrain where religion and spirituality enter into conversation with non-normative sexualities. LarryLy will be presenting at Breakout Session C: Alienated in an Alien Nation: Interesectionality and LGBTQ-TS Experience of Black Churches. Here's the blurb:
Often, LGBTQ-TS people feel estranged from family, friends, and their own religious communities. When LGBT-TS people go to non-affirming communities for religious practice, there is often a feeling that the community is an “alien nation.” Hear LGBTQ-TS people speak from their context in what will be a safe space to question, to challenge and to work together to hear each other.
I'll be expanding upon several things I've touched upon on this very blog (see: Passage to Heterodoxy, parts 1-3) as well as in my undergraduate thesis. Good times. Good times.
If you can make it, make it. And give a brutha a hug while you're in beautiful Brick City.