Gender, bullying focus of artist’s March 23 talk

March 22, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham



Gender activist Kate Bornstein will share her message of acceptance and her rule “don’t be mean” with The University of Toledo Wednesday, March 23.

Bornstein will deliver a free, public address on “Sex, Bullies and You: How America’s Bully Culture Is Messing With Your Sex Life” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Doermann Theater.

Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist known for her lectures and workshops on sex, gender and alternatives to teen suicide.

She considers the “Sex, Bullies and You” talk her “call-to-arms piece” as it asks for unity for everyone whose sex life or gender presentation has been wrecked by a bully. The discussion is the base of the bully section of her book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws (2006).

“Kate is very well-known as an activist and someone who works to empower everyone,” said Fatima Pervaiz, program coordinator for the UT Office of Multicultural Student Services. “She really pushes the message of love, which fits right in with the motto of the office’s LGBTQA Initiatives, ‘love who you love.’”

The event, sponsored by the UT Office of Multicultural Student Services and LGBTQA Initiatives, is part of the University’s recognition of Women’s History Month.

Bornstein’s other books include Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us (1994) and My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman or Something Else Entirely (1997). She co-wrote the novel, Nearly Roadkill (1996), with Caitlin Sullivan.

Bornstein’s plays and performance pieces include “Strangers in Paradox,” “Hidden: A Gender,” “The Opposite Sex Is Neither,” “Virtually Yours” and “y2kate: gender virus 2000.”

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