We have had the opportunity to present Committed to Home in a number of venues during 2018 including the SC Gay & Lesbian Business Guild, Openings, University of South Carolina (launch), Francis Marion University, College of Charleston, University of South Carolina Upstate, USC Law School Equality, and the Deckle Edge Literary Festival. At each presentation I’ve been pleased to have several contributors participating on a panel discussion with me. The reception to the book has been wonderful! The following are a few of the reviews:
The January 2018 meeting of the SC Gay & Lesbian Business Guild was hosted by Sheila Morris with a few special guests featured in her new book “Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home”. During this meeting, (one of the highest attended meetings in recent years), Sheila interviewed select panelists who were catalysts for change from the beginning of the Pride movement to present day. After hearing their stories, it evoked a myriad of emotions including sadness, joy, all the way to thankfulness. We are so blessed to have had such champions to fight for the LGBT community so we may be seen as equals and quite frankly make a stand that our lives—matter too. Well done Sheila and thank you for your continued commitment to our community!
Cynthia (CC) Kestner, President of the SC Gay & Lesbian Business Guild
On February 7, 2018, Charlestonians gathered for a sold-out presentation in Randolph Hall in the heart of the College of Charleston campus. Torrential rain did not discourage attendees from filling the National Historic Landmark. Featured speakers Chase Glenn, Sheila Morris, Linda Ketner, and Warren Redman-Gress shared stories of their commitment to making South Carolina a better place to live, work, and raise their families. The setting was symbolic. In the building where the College’s formal ceremonies and announcements take place, a candid discussion kicked off between the speakers and attendees spanning both challenges and opportunities facing the Lowcountry’s LGBTQA communities. So positive was the reception to Committed to Home that Ms. Ketner offered $25,000 as a challenge grant to support the Libraries’ new multiyear project to collect LGBTQA oral histories and records. The event served as a formal beginning the project, signaling a new chapter in the ways the College preserves and shares its own past.
Vincent Fraley, Communications Officer, College of Charleston Libraries
“Sheila and a few of her contributors to her edited collection, Committed to Home, held a book talk at Francis Marion University in April, and the audience loved hearing their stories about activism, South Carolina history, and how organized religion, local politics, or heteronormativity can negatively affect family dynamics and identity formation. Many in the audience stayed afterwards to chat with the speakers to let them know how much they appreciated hearing their stories!”
Lance Weldy, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of English, Francis Marion University
The panel of contributors to Committed to Home: Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement was truly the highlight of the (2018 Bodies of Knowledge) symposium for many of our participants. Learning about and hearing from “home-grown” southern LGBTQ activists captivated and inspired the audience.
Dr. Lisa Johnson
Director & Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, University of South Carolina Upstate