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Black Like Us: A Candid Conversation About the LGBTQ Experience

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Join us for a conversation that explores the Black LGBTQ community’s experiences with religion and the church. Author Michael Arceneaux will join us and share from his debut New York Times best seller, I Can’t Date Jesus, a timely collection of hysterical and soul searching essays about what it is like to grow up in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.

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2018 Mark D. Gordon Lecture: A Conversation with Michael Arceneaux

The Penn LGBT Center presents the 2018 Mark D. Gordon Lecture with Michael Arceneaux, author of I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce. The conversation is open to all.

Through his candor and wit, Arceneaux unapologetically addresses race, sexuality, religion, and pop culture through the lens of Marginalization in today's America. His comments on life as a black gay man, and how his Catholic upbringing and Howard University education have helped him give voice to an often silenced community. His writing is serious about the issues, but with a tone that is full of joy, humor, and a love of Beyonce!

The Annenberg School is a co-sponsor of the event.

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5:00 PM17:00

Michael Arceneaux: “Living in the Gray: Reclaiming My Identity and Narrative”

Join Michael Arceneaux, the author of the New York Times-bestseller I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé, for a frank and funny conversation unpacking the intersections of culture, sexuality, religion, race … and Beyoncé. 

Hosted by NC State's Interdisciplinary Studies program in partnership with Women's and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, the African American Cultural Center, and the GLBT Center.

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7:00 PM19:00

Michael Arceneaux in conversation with Janet Mock.

Click here to meet Michael Arceneaux when he joins us to celebrate I Can't Date Jesus. With the characteristic wit and candor that have made him one of today's boldest writers on social issues, I Can't Date Jesus is Michael's impassioned, forthright, and refreshing look at minority life in today's America. He describes his journey in learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite in conversation with Janet Mock.

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