We are very excited to welcome author, playwright, performance artist, actor and icon Kate Bornstein to the Fair Game Podcast this week.
For those unfamiliar with Kate, she is a prominent figure in the Trans Community. I have known her since the early 70’s when she went by the name Al Bornstein, in fact Lt. Al Bornstein, in the Sea Org on board the Apollo with L. Ron Hubbard.
We talk about Kate’s history in scientology, its homophobia and transphobia, how scientology attempts “pray the gay away” with auditing, Kate’s disconnection, her books and a lot more. She is an engaging, entertaining and fascinating person to talk with.
I will add the link to the episode when it’s available:
Kate’s website: katebornstein.com
These are her books:
- Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
- A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.
- My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity
- Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws
- Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
- Nearly Roadkill: An Infobahn Gender Adventure
They are all available at her website:
I reference an earlier post from this blog entitled Scientology Homophobia
The post goes into more detail of Hubbard’s thoughts on the subject and scientology’s practices, and includes all the quotes, but here are the specific ones we reference on the podcast:
The sexual pervert (and by this term dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic II such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc. and all down the catalogue of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically. Perversion as an illness has so many manifestations that it must be spread through the entire gamut of classes from (1) to (5) above.
Science of Survival: Which classifies homosexuality as 1.1 on the Tone Scale
There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the tone scale, neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the tone scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes. The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow. Adders are safe bedmates compared to people on the lower bands of the tone scale. Not all the beauty nor the handsomeness nor artificial social value nor property can atone for the vicious damage such people do to sane men and women. The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered.
A Venezuelan dictator once decided to stop leprosy. He saw that most lepers in his country were also beggars. By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country.
The Tone Scale:
Trapped in the Closet episode of South Park:
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