5 Questions is where Teen Health Source volunteers ask 5 questions to people about their unique perspectives on everything to do with sex and gender. In this instalment we interview Catherine Hernandez! Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, theatre practitioner, writer and the Artistic Director of b current performing arts. She is the author of M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (Flamingo Rampant) and Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press). She is also Thinker-In-Residence at Buddies in Bad Times and writes blog posts for their website. Her new podcast, The Coming Out Project, is hosted on the Buddies in Bad Times blog. We decided to ask her some questions about the project, its importance and her work in the arts.
I wanted the project to be accessible. I wanted the listeners to listen to the process of re-doing their experiences and somehow feel as though they were doing the same. I came up with the idea after countless community members approached me telling me of their negative experiences. Since I do play a motherly role amongst LGBTQ2S folks, I have often affirmed them in their identities. I wanted to make this process public so that others could feel the same revelations.
The main thing I have learned is that change has to happen with parents. That’s why my last blog post for Buddies (So Your Kid Came Out Of The Closet, Link) focused on supporting parents in their processing.
Not so much the project itself since I understood many folks wanted the experience but did not want to make it public…but with every time I have re-done someone’s coming out, I loved how much it released their emotions. I knew it was needed and life changing. Each time I have done this, it has changed their lives for good.
The Clothesline Swing by Ahmad Danny Ramadan – queer love in the face of war. It is brilliant.
Share my link! (For all of Catherine’s columns at the Buddies in Bad Time website, visit buddiesinbadtimes.com/blog/author/catherinehernandez, or click the following link for their latest article: Link)
Check out our 5 Questions tag for more interviews from this series: Link.
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