Activist, Author and Performance Artist Kate Bornstein Comes to Evergreen

October 31, 2003

Cal Anderson Memorial Lecture Series
Friday, Nov. 14, 2003
Communications Building Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Campus parking $1.25

Kate Bornstein, celebrated writer, performance artist and gender theorist, is the 2003 Cal Anderson Memorial Lecture Series speaker. She brings her insightful, compassionate and provocative views to The Evergreen State College on Friday, Nov. 14 in the Communications Building Recital Hall at 8 p.m. A book signing follows the talk, which is free and open to the public. A selection of books will be available for purchase.

Kate, who makes her home in New York, was born male and raised as a son. In adulthood, Kate underwent a sex-change operation and a few years later, decided she wasn’t female, either. Kate’s 1994 book “Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us” describes Kate’s observations about personal gender and the meaning of transgender. Kate will discuss this work during the appearance. Kate is responsible for a number of titles, including “Too Tall Blondes in: LOVE,” written and performed with Barbara Carrellas; the book “My Gender Workbook”; and the performance piece “Strangers in Paradise,” which opened this year at San Francisco’s Theatre Rhinoceros. Colleges across the country use Kate’s books, and Kate’s performances have been staged in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. Presently Kate is working on the autobiography “Hard Candy: The Tragic Lives and Comical Deaths of Candy Bromowitz.” A new children’s book, “Hello Cruel World,” is in the works and suggests alternatives to teen suicide. Cal Anderson was Washington state's first openly gay lawmaker. He represented the 43rd legislative district in Seattle, encompassing the University District and Capital Hill. Anderson was appointed to the House of Representatives in 1987 and elected to terms in 1988, 1990 and 1992. He was then elected to the state Senate in 1994 and served until his death in August 1995. A Vietnam-era veteran, Anderson was the recipient of two Bronze Stars and four U.S. Army commendation medals.

The Cal Anderson Memorial Lecture Series is a legacy to the issues Anderson championed during his public service career. This forum captures the spirit of reasoned discussion of public policies and ideas that were the hallmarks of his career. Anderson supported a number of causes, including environmental protection, veterans benefits and campaign finance reform. But perhaps he is best known for his leadership in fighting for equal civil rights protection for gays and lesbians and for securing funding for AIDS programs.
Past series speakers include U.S. Rep. Barney Frank from Massachusetts and author Rebecca Brown.
For information, call Jeannie Chandler, in provost's office, at (360) 867-6402 or e-mail to

Contact: Kate Lykins Brown, (360) 867-5213
Jeannie Chandler, administrative assistant to the provost,
(360) 867-6402