Saturday, November 3, 2007
Below is an invitation to a special event that I hope you will take advantage of, it is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity that may potentially shape how you see yourself as a queer man. Please review this request carefully and if you feel drawn to participate please pursue this RSVP. Once you respond to this I will be inviting other people within the gay community but wanted to offer this to a select few to see what my space limitations will be. If you think there is someone who would appreciate this invitation please share, but I can only allow 25 participants. The location of this event will be given when you RSVP (So I have an accurate count). We are intentionally keeping this group size small to facilitate a powerful and intimate experience.
231 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone (801) 557-9203
November 3, 2007
“Bring gay men together in Circle to explore what the specific gifts are that we bring, things that the larger culture needs. And once you have a consensus as to what those gifts are, begin letting the culture know exactly what it is that they are getting from us. It is in this way that we will be given respect and acceptance, not by simply demanding rights or asserting that we deserve them.”
Harry Hay, Gay Civil Rights Activitist/Visionary
Two years ago John Cottrell and Jerry Buie had a discussion about creating an enviroment for gay men to explore a deeper essence around queer identity. To shift community thought from marginalized life to profound living. We found The White Crane Instititue and with their tutorship found a valuable resource in bringing out this vision. One of these resources is the Fellow Travelers: Liberation Portraits by Mark Thompson. This exhibit has been to major cities throughout the United States and receiving acclaim for the message of queer history, perspective and the wisdom our history makers have brought forth for queer men today.
Who is Mark Thompson?
Mark Thompson has authored several books such as Gay Soul, Gay Body, Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning, Long Road to Freedom and Leather Folk. Each of these books explore Queer identity, history and perspective. Gay Soul in particular, of which the exhibit is based, offers insight into our queer history and the framers of that history. In their stories we find the foundation of the work of equal rights and esteemed sense of self.
December 1-31, 2007 at Cup of Joe’s Coffee Shop Fellow Travlers: Liberation Portraits will be exhibited. We have the priviledge to have Mark Thompson in Salt Lake City to highlight his exhibit, explaing the orgin and purpose of the show as well as autographed copies of his books that will be for sale at this reception as a fundraiser for Queer Spirit. The opening reception with Mark Thompson is on December 7, 2007 from 7-9 pm.
On December 8, 2007 Mark has agreed to a smaller group process and discussion that will be centered on Gay Soul Making. This event is by invitation only to ensure a smaller and more intimate discussion. The discussion will be centered around the following themes
“What does it really mean to be a gay man?
Where do we come from? What are we for?
Coming out as an Inside Job: What does that mean? How can gay men conscoulsy seve the communities that they are in?
Why is homophobia evryones problem and what can we do about it?
To offset cost we are suggesting a $25 dollar donation that will be dedicated to the cost of the event. This is a rare opportunity to be with others in our community, to discuss the issues relevant in our selves and our community.
Your RSVP to the December 8 event secures your space. We ask that you confirm your participation by November 15, 2007 to jerry Buie at (801) 557-9203.
December 1-31, 2007 Fellow Travlers will be exhibited at Cup of Joe’s Coffee Shop
December 7, 2007 at 7-9 pm Opening Reception/Book Signing with Mark Thompson
December 8, 2007 (invitation only) discussion on queer spirituality with Mark Thompson at The Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We are excited to have this exhibit and Mr. Thompson in Utah. We are equally excited at the outcome of this meeting and the time together. Please do not hesitate to call if there are questoins at (801) 557-9203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.