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Charis welcomes Travis Alabanza in conversation with zahra alabanza for a discussion of None of the Above: Reflections on Life Beyond the Binary. A "humane and heart-rending" memoir exploring what it means to live outside the normative boundaries imposed by society, from an award-winning trans writer and performer (The Guardian). This event is co-sponsored by the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion. Part of the Division of Equity and Inclusion at Agnes Scott College, the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion is committed to fostering a community that celebrates and honors the intersections of identity.
In None of the Above: Reflections on Life Beyond the Binary, Travis Alabanza considers seven phrases people have directed at them throughout their life. These phrases--some deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or violent, some celebratory--have fundamentally shaped Alabanza, both for better and for worse. But these phrases also illuminate broader issues about a world that insists on gender as a fixed identity. Alabanza considers the meaning of gender, and the role it plays in a world that rigidly and aggressively enforces the binary. Drawing from their experiences as racialized queer person, Alabanza deftly interrogates our current frameworks around identity with nuance, openness, and humor. The result is a meditation on doubt and language that turns a mirror back on society, and on ourselves. By heralding transformative futures, None of the Above questions what we think we know--and shares new ways that we might live.
Travis Alabanza is an award-winning writer, performer, and theater maker. After being the youngest recipient of the Artist-in-Residency program at Tate Galleries, Alabanza’s debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold-out performances in London, São Paulo, and Berlin, and won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre Award. Their writing has appeared in the Guardian, VICE, gal-dem, and BBC Online, and they previously had a fortnightly column in Metro.
zahra alabanza conjures enthusiasm for life by practicing pleasure and play, living simply, and working hard via labor and manifestation. Being a parent, organizer, creator, and adventurer are a few roles that allow her to explore the depths of life and community. As a visionary, project starting, community weaving, and overloving outdoor junkie, she utilizes experience and space curation, outdoor adventure, land base work, and wellness rituals as the root of her community organizing efforts to enhance the quality of life among Black folk. Her work centers Black women, children, and queer folks and meets at the intersection of justice, healing, quality of life, and Black liberation.
zahra is the principal consultant at Blue In Green Consulting, co-founder of Red Bike and Green-Atlanta and Black Freedom Outfitters, both entities centering BlackJoy in the outdoors. She is also on the leadership team for Radical Adventure Riders and a co-founder of the Untokening and the Anna Julia Learning and Liberation Center. zahra is a yoga practitioner, doula, and urban grower. She is into surfing, sailing, books, and leisure. Home is in Atlanta with her two children and an extended tribe. zahra has visited almost 40 countries on 6 continents. She wants so much out of life and can't wait to see what more it can offer.
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A "humane and heart-rending" memoir exploring what it means to live outside the normative boundaries imposed by society, from an award-winning trans writer and performer (The Guardian).In None of the Above: Reflections on Life Beyond the Binary, Travis Alabanza considers seven phrases people have directed at them throughout their life.