On Thursday, May 7, Scott Turner Schofield, transgender activist and performance artist, visited the University of Cincinnati to perform excerpts from his book Two Truths and a Lie. Schofield asked the audience to participate by asking questions and he answered with various stories from his life. Topics of course covered trans issues, but Schofield also told stories about family, friends, the South and debutante balls.
Schofield started out the evening by pouring everyone in the audience a glass of sweet tea, likening its omnipresence in the South to whiteness. He then moved on to tell some very hilarious stories. My personal favorite is the story about the mini private Pride celebration Schofield and his friends planned back when he was a lesbian. They couldn’t attend gay events publicly and wouldn’t go to Prom because they couldn’t bring who they wanted, so they planned an alternative event, after of course making sure the parents weren’t in on it. “Other kids do drugs, we do this,” Schofield explained about the sneaking around.
Schofield provided an evening of entertaining stories and insights on transgender life, the South and queers.