- Unitarian Universalism Connection
Award-winning writer, educator and storyteller S. Bear Bergman is the author of six books as well as the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books and writer of the advice column Ask Bear for Bitch Magazine. His most recent book for grownups
And we are lucky enough to be welcoming Bear as our keynote speaker to our Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary conference on Feb 10, 2018. If you have ever heard him speak (and if you haven’t you should!) you know that this will be special! In addition to Bear we will be offering many workshops. Some of them are intended for folks who want to be good allies but don’t know much about gender-nonconforming issues. Workshops such as trans 101, and a panel of gender non-conforming folk. Some of the workshops are designed especially for folks who live beyond the binary; workshops such as trans inclusive medicine, trans parenting, A name and document legal clinic time. Some are focused on the future – a De-escalation workshop.
As a congregation it is our hope that this one day conference will be both a place where Trans and gender non-conforming folk can gather, connect and learn and where cisgender folk can learn about being better allies. We are also hoping that by hosting this conference we will make a BOLD statement to our larger community that we are a safe and welcoming community because we really do want to build beloved community beyond the binary. Last year we hosted our first Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary conference with Kate Bornstein as our keynote speaker. It was an AMAZING success. We had 140 people at the conference, 100 of them were from outside of our congregation. People felt safe, welcomed and supported. People learned and they connected with one another. We had gender neutral childcare where the kids had a lot of fun. We knew we had to do this again. The world so needs it.
Any funds that we raise over the $2500 will go to the Syracuse Q center.