I am, like all of us, many things — a woven self in the ever-threading, ever-weaving loom to which we all are connected. I am a trans man, a gender theorist, a theological activist, a trans advocate, justice-worker, spouse, parent, sibling, woodworker, would-be writer, farm-worker, and art-maker, among other things; all this and more, some facets still undiscovered (I hope).
I am concerned about what seem to me to be the big questions — things like: what it means to be a person, a human being; in what ways we might make the most of our lives, learn to thrive, and work together for a common good; the mysterious and magical workings of nature; how it is that we seem to be fully persons and simultaneously, always becoming; what the forces are that help us flourish; what goes awry to cause fears and insecurities to turn human beings against other human beings; are there solutions to the increasing cascade of human-born maladies afflicting our interdependent human condition? I am concerned about systemic and institutionalized white supremacy and racism, classism, sexism, cissexism, capitalism and economic exploitation, as well as the other systems and processes supportive of and employed by an oligarchy marching with increasing arrogance and self-righteousness toward the propagation of empire. I am equally entranced by the world around me: the way that black-capped chickadees hang upside-down from tree branches when they eat; the way tree leaves turn outward, revealing their underside, just before a rain comes. I am also concerned with paying attention to the many ways that the indomitable human spirit prevails — the acts of kindness, concern, solidarity, and love; these expressions of beauty and sheer aliveness, within and among persons, catch my attention.
This blog is, really, simply part of a larger set of concerns and efforts: my engagement in social justice work, trans activism and education, queer activism/advocacy, anti-racism work, interfaith and reconciliation work — are these things, interconnected in a concern for human flourishing and freedom to do so. It is my hope people find some level of identification, solidarity, and perhaps, inspiration here. If not, I am at least able to continue to hold myself accountable for being about what I say I’m about and being who I say I am invested in being. If you are reading here, I am grateful. Thank you for sharing the journey.
I am available for speaking engagements, lectures, media interviews, conferences, or Trans education/awareness training for churches (in particular), universities, and professional organizations. Email me at lihooper91 at gmail dot com.