Kimberly Dark - "The Gayness: Love and Hate in America"

Kimberly Dark - "The Gayness: Love and Hate in America"

 San Diego, California, USA
BandComedy

Kimberly Dark is an award-winning lecturer and storyteller. She’s also a sociology professor whose work on diversity issues, gender and sexuality has helped audiences and students experience their power as cultural creators for nearly two decades.

Biography

Kimberly Dark is an award-winning lecturer and storyteller. She’s also a sociology professor whose work on diversity issues, gender and sexuality has helped audiences and students experience their power as cultural creators for nearly two decades. In 2011, The Advocate newsmagazine profiled Kimberly Dark as one of the top six speakers on LGBT issues on American college campuses today. In 2010, Campus Pride named her as one of 25 "Best of the Best" speakers and performers on college campuses. The Gayness: Love and Hate in America is an entertaining and thought-provoking program that helps students sort out why things get so tense when we start discussing gender and sexuality in modern America. Using engaging stories and audience interaction, Dark models how we can have more productive dialogue on gender privilege, discrimination and sexual orientation in everyday settings. “The Gayness” is not all about just being gay or straight – it’s about how we define and love ourselves and others – and through these topics, we can reclaim a sense of power to create positive social interactions – on the small scale in our communities.

NACA:

• 2009 – NACA Northern Plains Training Showcase
• 2009 – NACA National Training Showcase
• 2006 – NACA West Lecture Showcase

Recent Publications:

* Ms Magazine blog - current contributor

* San Diego U-T op-ed current contributor

* "Mommy Queerest" monthly column for mamablogger365

* "Put on a Show with a Message" Campus Activities magazine 2012

* "Butch Dykes and Macho Men" in The Lucid Eye 2011

* “Personal, Powerful, Political: Popularizing Research as a Career” in Popularizing Research Routledge, NY 2012

* “My First Lover was not a Lesbian” in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver 2011

* “Public Woman” and “Litter” in The Art of Poetic Inquiry, Backalong Books Nova Scotia 2011

Honors and Awards:

* Top Six LGBT Speakers and Performers on American college campuses, The Advocate Newsmagazine, 2011

* Institut fuer Alles Moegliche Artist Residency, Berlin Germany 2012

* Djerassi Writing Residency, Woodside CA 2011

* Campus Pride, 2010 Top 25 “Best of the best” speakers and performers promoting LGBT inclusion and understanding in the U.S.

Discography

Location is Everything (2008)
You Are My Singing Lesson (2002)

Set List

Kimberly can do 45-90 minute shows. The set list can vary, by topic, depending on the audience. Shows can be themed to focus on women's lives, queer lives, poverty and privilege and social justice activism. Please visit kimberlydark.com for more information on solo theater performances and interactive lectures too.