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Presidential Lecture Series

Kate Bornstein

Recognition Year: 

Author, Artist, and Advocate for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws

"Sex, Bullies, and You"

Monday, April 18, 2011 
Student Union, Apollo Room

Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright, and performance artist whose work to date has been in service to sex positivity, gender anarchy, and to building a coalition of those who live on cultural margins. Hir work recently earned hir an award from the Stonewall Democrats of New York City, and two citations from New York City Council members. Hir latest book is Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws. Other published works include the books Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of UsMy Gender Workbook; and the cyber-romance-action novel Nearly Roadkill, with co-author Caitlin Sullivan. Kate's plays and performance pieces include Strangers in ParadoxHidden: A GenderThe Opposite Sex Is NeitherVirtually Yours; and y2kate: gender virus 2000. Hir memoir, Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, is due out in 2011.

Kate's books are taught in over 150 colleges and universities around the world; and ze has performed hir work live on college campuses and in theaters and performance spaces across the United States, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria. Ze is currently touring colleges, youth conferences, and high schools, speaking and leading workshops on the subjects of sex, gender, and alternatives to teen suicide. According to daily email and Twitter, the book is still helping people stay alive.

Kate was born outside of Fargo, North Dakota. Hir father was a Lutheran minister, and hir mother was Miss Betty Crocker, 1939. Kate has lived in the queer ghettos of Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. Ze currently lives with hir partner—sex pioneer, writer, and performance artist Barbara Carrellas—in New York City, along with their pug, three cats, and turtle.

Bornstein's interests include iTunes, Photoshop, traveling, death, and anything Mac.

Editor's Note: Kate Bornstein, a self-described "gender outlaw," uses gender-neutral pronouns in her bio. In keeping with her wishes, we have retained her use of "ze" instead of "she" and "hir" instead of "her" in the following bio.

Co-sponsored by the Rainbow Alliance