During the last workshop, I asked the actors to write blogs before and after the workshop. Here is one of them:
I'm feeling a bit nervous for the workshop. I largely came to know my queer & trans identities through my studies in college: they are rooted in modes of critical thought as well as in my personal experience and knowledge. But those modes of thought are not readily accessible, especially to folks who haven't gone to college, which obviously these youths have not [yet]. I hope that we are all able to find ways to communicate with each other across the identities that don't bind us together, be they differences in race, class, gender, etc. The term "LGBTQ community" is misleading in that we are composed of so many disparate pockets of communities--some of whom have nearly nothing in common. I'm going to continue to breathe deeply and make myself open to the people in the room and the process that lies before us over the next few days.