‘Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us’ (Book Club)

Photo by Jorge Saavedra on Unsplash (Not photo of Kate Bornstein)

Kate Bornstein went on the journey from living life as a heterosexual man to embracing her identity as a lesbian woman. The Huffington Post describes her as, “a historic figure in the queer and trans community, whose work as an artist in the service of activism spans many decades” Borstein has written multiple books on issues regarding gender nonconformity and coping in a society that often has a concrete view of gender. The books she’s written include, ‘Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us’, ‘Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws’, and ‘My Gender Workbook’. In a 2015 interview, Kate praises the support of “gender fluidity and redefining it and making it something that’s OK for kids to be.”

Sunday Assembly Book Club is examining Kate’s book, ‘Gender Outlaw’ (2016 version) for the November’s Book Club. In the book, Kate challenges gender norms head-on with quotes like, “I know I’m not a man . . . and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not a woman, either. . . . . The trouble is, we’re living in a world that insists we be one or the other.” The original book was published in 1994, a 2016 version of the book was also released.

Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh considers itself an “inclusive” community, and along with inclusivity must be a discussion to embrace and listen to each other’s story. Let’s shed light on the beauty and the ugly of our existence.

Join us at Panera Bread located at 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM. If you don’t read the book, feel free to come and join the discussion.

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