Living in the Tension – Mon. 5/6

We will be meeting for our next Living in the Tension gathering this upcoming Monday, May 6, at 7pm. We’ll be discussing the recent events and reactions around Jason Collins and the #1 draft pick in the WNBA, Brittney Griner, recently coming out. The two were met with remarkably different reactions in news outlets, so we’ll take some time to discuss our thoughts on the different treatment. Is there some type of a double standard at play? Does it have anything to do with stereotypes or transgressing gender norms? Are there reasons that Griner’s coming out (along with many other professional female athletes) is not deemed a major news story?

If you’re available beforehand, we’ll be meeting at Lady Gregory’s on 5260 N. Clark St. at 5:15pm to hang out and have a bite to eat. Then we’ll head over to Room 124 on 5255 N. Ashland Ave. for the gathering.

We hope to see you there!

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).