This Thursday (12/1/11) I will be performing at The William Way Center for a fundraiser for the organization Equality PA. The theme of the storytelling/poetry/spoken word evening is “Family.” Eeeekkk!!!
Here are some facts about Equality PA:
- They employ the only lobbyist for LGBT issues in PA. They are THE voice for our equality in Harrisburg.
- They’ve helped pass 24 non-discrimination ordinances in towns across the commonwealth and with our continued support they can continue to protect LGBT citizens across the state w/ local legislation.
- EQPA worked to make PA one of the friendliest and easiest states in the nation for transgender people to change their driver’s license to accurately reflect their gender.
Doors open at 7:00pm at The William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street. There is a $10 suggested donation.
Here is the invite on Facebook
Tonight I was the guest lecturer for St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The class is called Social Problems and I was invited to speak by my friend and colleague Professor Donna Gottardi (she’s an awesome lady with a really cool book out about her travels in China! Check out her website: donnagottardi.com). Donna asked me to talk about the different social problems I face as a transgender individual.
The class was so awesome! Really attentive, caring, students who were eager to learn about the triumphs and tribulations of being trans. I told them about my life and different struggles I face. I showed them pictures and explained physical transition. I talked about alternative pronouns and not fitting in with gender norms. I really shared a lot with them and got great feedback. It gave me warm fuzzies :).
The thing that I am most proud of that I think, that amidst all the media blitz of Chaz Bono, I was able to make it clear to them that everyone who is transgender has their own path and we all face our own unique struggles. And I was able to tell them that not every transgender person follows the “typical” path of feeling “wrong” in their body and transitioning simply to the opposite sex. It’s very complicated.
So all in all it was a good night, and now I am at the library, busy at work on a project.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has released their latest edition of the Standards of Care. Read about it here:
Gayborhood Games, 9/17/2011
This is a video of me doing stand-up at the 2011 Gayborhood Games at Voyeur Nightclub in Philadelphia. I tell jokes about being trans, eating brownies, and catching people doing weird stuff in the bathroom.
Photos from the event:
Me with my fellow comedians, (from left to right): Steve Miller-Miller (winner that night), R. Eric Thomas, Me, Alejandro Morales
Alejandro looks like he is really struggling to hold me up… Hmmm… lol
This is me with my favorite drag queen Alize Hennessey (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Aliz%C3%A9-Hennessy/113433988751161)
I finally, FINALLY, finished my website!
I’ve been wanting to do this since I graduated in 2008, registered the domain in 2009, and just finally put it together in 2011. Wow.
Well, the latest and greateast addition to the interweb has arrived!
RaeRay73.wordpress.com! Yeah man!
Welcome! Here you will find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about me.