About the speaker

KATE BORNSTEIN is an author, playwright and performance artist whose 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 Us”; “My Gender Workbook”; and the cyber-romance-action novel, “Nearly Roadkill,” with co-author Caitlin Sullivan. Kate’s plays and performance pieces include Strangers in Paradox, Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours, y2kate: gender virus 2000.

Kate’s books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world; and ze has performed hir work live on college campuses, and in theaters and performance spaces across the USA, 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.

Kate was born outside of Fargo, North Dakota in a log cabin ze helped hir parents build. 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.

Photo credit: Santiago Felipe.

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