We "sat down" with Kelby Harrison and got the real scoop on her life, her relationship with her dad, discounted granola, and why she's so into jackhammers.
Read Kelby's bio here.
LG: What are you excited about today?
KH: Hope for changes in how the University of Southern California provides services to trans students. I was part of a trans working group meeting this morning that is being chaired by the dean of our religious life.
LG: Share with us who you are these days.
KH: I am a new homeowner. So, I am a house poor lesbian whose inner gay man is living the dream of renovating a little Spanish Bungalow. My girlfriend and I rented a jackhammer over the weekend to dig out some old concrete. It was blissful.
LG: Tell us about a project of any kind that another person is working on with you.
KH: Did I mention the jackhammer?!?! I am building an outdoor living room on the side of my house. My girlfriend and AIDS LifeCycle teammates have been helping.
LG: Why and how did you get connected to Level Ground?
KH: One of its founders brought me in to do a lecture on gender faith and sexuality at Fuller Theological Seminary. I’ve been hooked since.
LG: Tell us about the last Level Ground event/project that you participated in and why you chose to do it.
KH: I helped lead one of the summer theology classes. The program idea sounded great! I was honored to be a part of it.
LG: What was the first thing you ate today?
KH: Cherry greek yoghurt with some weird gluten free pepita cereal on it. It was on sale.
LG: What does it mean to be in dialogue with someone and how has that been a part of your life?
KH: Dialogue is more than a conversation. It involves struggle and disagreement. But most importantly it requires authenticity on all sides both in what is brought to the dialogue and also how the dialogue changes the parties involved.
LG: What is the last book that you read and how would you pitch it to a stranger if you had written it?
KH: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. If it was my memoir, I would say “People always ask what I think about when I go on long runs. The long stretches of silence and solitude seem to intimidate most people, it even bothers those for whom the physical exertion sounds manageable. I wrote this book to bring you into that solitude. I wipe away its mystery. In it you will see your own humanity.”
LG: Tell us about your profile picture on your favorite social media platform or on your email account.
KH: I don’t like social media. I do have a FB page that I neglect. My profile pic is me and my dad at my brother’s wedding. I like it, because during that trip, I was able to heal some stuff in my relationship with him.
LG: What is concerning to you about the future, whether personally or more broadly?
KH: Trump. Enough said.
LG: What brings you hope about the future, whether personally or more broadly?
KH: Even with backlash to the LGBT community (e.g. Orlando, Bathroom Laws, Religious Exemption laws), we are making huge strides in cultural, social, and legal acceptance and protection. I am excited to see the next round of changes.