Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dear Diary: Choreographer Sean Dorsey Uncovers the Lives of a Gay Transgender Pioneer in a Deeply Felt Suite of Modern Dances

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dear Diary: Choreographer Sean Dorsey Uncovers the Lives of a Gay Transgender Pioneer in a Deeply Felt Suite of Modern Dances

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USING REAL-LIFE STORIES from the diaries of gay and transgender men, Uncovered: The Diary Project transforms tales of love, courage, pop idols, and bathhouse antics into a wonderfully imaginative and powerful theater piece that fuses modern dance with narrative storytelling.

The project--which innovative trans choreographer and dancer Sean Dorsey spent a year and a half researching--features a two-part program of dances that explore universal issues of love, loss, belonging, and isolation derived from the specific experience of being a transgender individual.

One segment, Lou, is drawn from the journals of trailblazing transgender activist Lou Sullivan, the first transgender man to die of AIDS. When he died in 1991, Sullivan left 30 years of personal writings--many of them vivid testaments to the joys of gay sex--to the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society as a way of ensuring that the progress he'd made would live on.

"Lou literally opened the book of his life for us, giving us a naked, honest look at his inner journey as a trans man," says Dorsey. …

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