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Randy Roberts Potts

February 10, 2012

Randy Roberts Potts. Photo by Ange Fitzgerald.

Photo: Ange Fitzgerald.

Tonight is the Oklahoma City premiere of  Randy Roberts Potts‘ new performance art piece, “The Gay Agenda.” Randy and a partner will set up a “home” in a borrowed storefront to present an image of what gay domesticity looks like: vacuuming, doing the wash, playing cards, etc. Sublime in its banality, “The Gay Agenda” is ideally a very boring thing to watch, underscoring the hyperbole of anti-gay rhetoric.

The grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, Randy wrote about his coming out experience in the recent It Gets Better book, and “The Gay Agenda” is his latest effort to spread a message of hope for LGBT people in conservative areas of the country.

Randy has worked with juvenile delinquents on the East Coast, was a social worker in Oklahoma City, spent five years as a
middle school English teacher, and is now a freelance writer for several publications including This Land Press, D Magazine, and The
Washington Post.

“The Gay Agenda” begins tonight at 7:00 at Plaza District, 1704 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, and runs until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Randy is taking “The Gay Agenda” on tour in 2012 to conservative towns across America. We hope Denver and Denton are on his list.

1. What is your hometown?

Tulsa, OK

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Winston, from “1984”, except in my version, Big Brother doesn’t win

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Oh boy. Um. The guy who played Peter Parker in “Spiderman”, the dopey but earnest one.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

“The Tempest”, by Oskar Kokoschka. That feeling of holding on, in the middle of a storm, to each other.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

“Lacuna”, by Barbara Kingsolver, was the best book I read last year. Blew me away. Right now, I’m reading yet another history of the Russian revolution (I have a whole “Soviet’ bookshelf in my house), “The Life and Times of Samuel Steward”, and Craig Thompson’s graphic novel “Habibi” (for the 3rd time)

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Lee Hazlewood — all of his albums

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

“Waltz with Bashir”, right near the end

8. Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Truth is a form of kindness

10. How do you define sin?

I’m with Abraham Lincoln, who said, “when I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.”

11. How do you define virtue?

love in action

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Just one of those plaques, set in the ground, with my name, and the start and finish dates.

Randy Roberts Potts
The Gay Agenda, Oklahoma City

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