Marriage Equality. Transgender Issues. We are beginning to have more open conversations about sex and sexual identity in the South, and our community is reacting in strong agreement and strong disagreement on numerous sides of these discussions. Has establishing a new reality that brings the “fringe” into the mainstream brought fulfillment? Through our desire to be more inclusive, have we excluded a large portion of our community? Does disagreement have to cause disconnection? Through this discussion, we hope to discover how our community is able to hold both positions or numerous positions on issues while still remaining unified. And is the desire for us to be unified in uniqueness or unified in uniformity?
Panelists will include:
Ivy Hill, Director of Greenville’s own Gender Benders. Ivy is a genderqueer activist who has been heavily involved in the LGBT* movement for over a decade. Ze is Co-Founder and the Program Director of Gender Benders, the largest transgender support and advocacy group in South Carolina. Ivy also currently serves on the advisory board of the Campaign for Southern Equality, a grassroots campaign working to bring full equality to the South. In 2014, ze received the Ryan Wilson Equality Award for outstanding advocacy for equality for the LGBT community of South Carolina. Earlier this year Ivy was honored to present on the TEDxGreenville stage. In addition ze is a huge fan of The Warehouse Theatre and is excited to be serving on this panel.
Nick Radel is Professor of English at Furman and the author of books and articles on gay literature and queer theory. Most recently he taught “Introduction to Queer Theory and Sexuality Studies” and a seminar called “Thinking Sex.” Radel was awarded a Fulbright Lectureship to teach at Roskilde University Center, Denmark, in 1999, and he has taught as a guest professor at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Rhodes University, South Africa.
Jim Thompson is Equipping Pastor at Fellowship Greenville. He grew up in Columbia, SC and moved to the upstate when he was in high school. After finishing college at North Greenville University with a degree in Christian Studies, Jim went on to Columbia International University for his Masters of Divinity. On this journey, he met Sara Joanna Craft and helped her change her last name. They are very happily married and have two children, James Walker Thompson V and Anna Jubilee. Having formerly taught at the high school and master’s level, Jim now spends most of his time in a local church setting. Here, he is able to speak on the Bible’s view of desire and sexuality in counseling, in the pulpit, and elsewhere. As a published author, Jim’s book A King and A Kingdom: A Narrative Theology of Grace and Truth has been used as classroom curriculum throughout the southeast. So that you will think that Jim is normal, he loves a good tobacco leaf, a hearty IPA, tattoos, loud music, and traveling. He’s always more than willing to sit around his fire pit for a good conversation.
Come join us in the conversation on September 16 at 6pm at The Warehouse Theatre as we once again bring our Main Stage to Main Street.