Join Oregon Humanities for a conversation about family, belonging, and gender with Casey Parks.
A longtime reporter for the Oregonian, Casey Parks now covers gender and family issues for the Washington Post, where she has written about abortion access, Texas’ investigation of parents of trans kids, and the long tail of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In her 2022 book, Diary of a Misfit, Parks relates her own story of coming out in a rural Louisiana town in 2002 and her efforts to uncover the story of Roy Hudgins, a small-town singer who, like Parks, didn’t conform to the expectations of his community. This conversation—the first in our 2023–2024 Consider This series about fear and belonging—will explore how attitudes about gender affect where people seem to fit in. We’ll also discuss where these attitudes come from and how they might change.
This event is part of Oregon Humanities’ series on Fear and Belonging.
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About Our Guest
Casey Parks is a Washington Post reporter who covers gender and family issues. She spent a decade at the Oregonian, where she wrote about race and LGBTQ+ issues and was a finalist for the Livingston Award. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Oxford American, ESPN, USA Today, and the Nation. A former Spencer Fellow at Columbia University, Casey was most recently awarded the 2021 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for her work on Diary of a Misfit. She lives in Portland.