March Program: Michelle Theall, Local Author of Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir

Sunday, March 8, 3:00 p.m.Michelle Theall
First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302.

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Author Michelle Theall, Boulder resident and an out gay Christian, will speak about her recent book, Teaching the Cat To Sit: A Memoir. The book is about growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt and experiencing discrimination for her family in church. She hopes her talk will inspire timely discussion about the modern issues of family, motherhood, bullying and faith. Michelle’s goal is that in sharing her experiences that her audience will gain “a measure of courage to become who they are supposed to be in the world.”

Michelle says she was inspired to pen the memoir in 2010, after she learned her adopted son would be expelled from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic school in Boulder because his parents were lesbians. Interestingly, the book’s title was inspired by a Siamese cat she had as a child. Since Theall had initially wanted a puppy, she spent much of her free time trying to get the cat to do a dog’s tricks–a metaphor, the author says, for her own life in the closet.

A confidential support group meets an hour before the program, at 2 p.m.

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