The Gayness: Love and Hate in America
As debates over the validity of transgender and queer lives heat up in the U.S., Kimberly Dark offers new ways to think about fear and hatred toward LGBTQII2 people, and to contextualize the relationship between these and other fears of "the other" which are currently driving policy and negatively affecting people's lives and healthcare. Through engaging, often funny storytelling and smart, accessible social analysis, Kimberly helps audiences discover the responsibility of our interconnectedness and the joys of our differences.
KIMBERLY DARK IS A FANTASTIC STORYTELLER, A SKILL SHE WIELDS WITH QUIET POWER... PART EDUCATIONAL CONVERSATION, PART COMPELLING PERFORMANCE ART, THE SHOW TACKLES ISSUES OF GENDER, SEXUALITY AND SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS, WITH DARK USING HER OWN EXPERIENCES TO GUIDE THE AUDIENCE THROUGH A MEDITATION ON THE INVASIVE NATURE OF SEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA... TIME SPENT LISTENING TO DARK SPEAK IS WELL WORTH IT... EVEN WHILE YOU GRAPPLE WITH SOME HEAVY SUBJECT MATTER AND BIG IDEAS.”
– THE VUE, EDMONTON, ALBERTA
"DARK PRESENTS A SERIES OF WARM AND TOUCHING TALES — OFTEN FUNNY, SOMETIMES PAINFUL — ABOUT LOVE, GENDER ROLES, LANGUAGE, CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND SEXISM. THE SAN DIEGO NATIVE IS A MASTER STORYTELLER..."
– EDMONTON REVIEW
"SHE IS A RELAXED AND POWERFUL SPEAKER, CONNECTING EFFECTIVELY WITH THE AUDIENCE AND OWNING THE STAGE WITH JUST A CHAIR AND A HARDBOUND JOURNAL. HER RICHLY INTIMATE STORIES PROVIDED PROVOCATIVE AND COMPELLING EXAMPLES OF THE WAYS THAT GENDER AND SEXUALITY INTERCONNECT AND THAT HOMOPHOBIA ARISES OUT OF MISOGYNY. AND HER PRESENTATION WAS SKILFULLY DESIGNED TO REACH PEOPLE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF EXPERIENCE AND COMFORT LEVEL WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER...
– EPHEMERAL PLEASURES