2015 Keynote Address


S. Bear Bergman is an author, a theater artist, and a frequent lecturer regarding issues relating to the points of intersection between gender, sexuality, and culture.

A longtime activist on behalf of anyone who wants to learn and be different at the same time, Bear tours and lectures about topics close to his heart, pausing frequently to encourage and admire youth activists. As a young person, Bear was one of the original founders of the first Gay/Straight Alliances and a founding commission member of what is now called the Massachusetts Safe Schools Project. Today, he creates cultural competency and institutional policy around LGBTQ issues for corporations, universities, school systems, health organizations, and state and provincial governments.

Bear’s published work includes Butch Is a Noun (reissued with a new foreword by Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010) and Lambda Literary Award-finalist The Nearest Exit May be Behind You (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009). He is also the editor (with the inimitable Kate Bornstein) of the multiple-awardwinning Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010). Bear is the creator and performer of four award-winning solo performances, a frequent contributor to anthologies on all manner of topics, and has recently been named to the editorial board of the LGBT Encyclopedia of America.

Bear lives in Toronto, Ontario with his husband j wallace and their son, Stanley.

For more information on Bear, please visit his website: www.sbearbergman.com

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