The 11th Annual
Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference
March On: Leading the Way for a New Generation November 2-4, 2018

 

 

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Keynote Address

This is not our first rodeo: Queer Time Traveling

In Sister Outsider, the 1984 collection of Audre Lorde's essays and speeches, Lorde reminds us, "Sometimes we drug ourselves with dreams of new ideas. The head will save us. The brain alone will set us free. But there are no new ideas waiting in the wings to save us as women, as human. There are only old and forgotten ones, new combinations, extrapolations and recognitions from within ourselves–along with the renewed courage to try them out.”

As we face new and unknown challenges politically, socially, and as a result of rapidly changing climate change, we have history, experiences, and wisdom from queer people in past helping us navigate our futures. Drawing on history, literature, ideas and stories, Peterson Toscano will time travel with his audience to rediscover our collective past. The past is not always rosy, and we can also learn from the mistakes our ancestors made as well as their fierce and creative contributions. In doing so, we embrace insights, strategies, practices, and queer life lessons that aid us as we forge ahead with compassion, determination, and in community.

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