E. Patrick Johnson, "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales"
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Department of Women's Studies are pleased to present our 2013 MLK Day performance, by E. Patrick Johnson, Pouring Tea.
"Pouring Tea" is a dramatic reading based on the oral histories collected in Johnson's book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South--An Oral History. The oral histories come from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others stories in the show.
E. Patrick Johnson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Performance Studies and Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar/artist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality, and performance.
The IRWG/Women's Studies MLK Day speaker is presented with support from African and Afroamerican Studies; American Culture; Stamps School of Art & Design: the IRWG Program Area in African Diaspora Sexualities; the Institute for the Humanities; the IRWG Lesbian, Gay, Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI); the Race Theme Semester; School of Social Work; and Center for World Performance Studies.