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Being a Leader in Difficult Times without Becoming a Victim
Lead by Example
Robert N. Minor, The Fairness Project
Workshop Block 3: Saturday, October 21 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Columnist Molly Ivins said to activists, “Above all have fun.” At this time with political setbacks and the rise in national polarities and aggressive ant-LGBT forces, being an activist and leader is even more likely to be tedious, exhausting, unthanked, facing hostility, lonely, and personally destructive. Leadership raises personal issues, must confront criticism, and face movement division. This workshop, for activists at all levels, analyzes these events and our reactions in order to become more effective while we take care of ourselves and make our activism an experience of personal growth. Participants receive a copy of the latest edition of Dr. Minor’s booklet, Burnout, Blowout and Breaking Up.
Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, taught 35 years. His books include When Religion Is an Addiction; Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society (a “Top Gay Book of 2003”), and Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to be Human (finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Independent Publisher Book Award). He has a 39 year-old son and a five year-old grandson. In 1994 he was a member of the Values Panel for the Kansas City Star's award-winning "Raising Kansas City Project," evaluating ethical issues to be passed on to future generations. Bob has lectured and led workshops on gender, homophobia, and activism for universities, colleges, national and regional PFLAG conferences, churches and religious groups as well as workshops on personal growth beyond "coming out." He received GLAAD’s Leadership Award in 1999. His website is www.fairnessproject.org.