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August 20, 2021

This talk debuted in Greenville, SC, during TEDxHeritageGreen 2021: TRUTH, a conference held in three short virtual sessions on April 23, 25, and 27.

A preacher and a drag queen walk into a TEDx event, and... wait, what? What common message could these two possibly have for all of us? These unlikely friends not only share the compelling story of how they met, but also demonstrate how you can experience deeper, more enlightening conversations and connections—all it takes is a simple “hello” and a dose of respectful curiosity.

Pastor/Furman University grad Greg Dover and drag queen/Clemson University grad Delighted Tobehere both are natives of Greenville, SC, and both are public figures — although in very different contexts! Each is committed to creating a more just and loving community.

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The Rev. Dr. Greg Dover was born in Greenville (SC), grew up in Greenville, went to high school and college in Greenville, and continues to live in Greenville as the pastor of Augusta Heights Baptist Church, a traditionally non-traditional community of faith located less than a mile from his childhood home. Greg loves to travel and has visited five of the seven continents. He enjoys good food, good friends, good fun, and good trouble—and makes all of them every chance he gets. Greg is married to Suzy and is father to Yates and Lennon as well as two dogs.
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Delighted Tobehere is a tour de force in the drag world, celebrating 20 years as a vocalist, comedian, emcee, activist, and motivational speaker. A self described "Queen of all Trades," Delighted combines celebrity illusion, vocal impressions, live vocals, lip sync, comedy, intelligence, and quick wit to wow audiences from corporate functions to pride festivals. In 2015, she wowed the judges on America's Got Talent with a rendition of bass country singer Josh Turner's Your Man, garnering yes votes from all of the judges. Throughout the year Delighted tours internationally to sold out houses with her celebrated one-woman shows including “She Haw,” “Hello, Daddy!,” and “Drag 101.” Along with giving masterclasses and lectures at universities, Delighted has been a featured presenter at two TEDx events (TEDxGreenville and TEDxHeritageGreen), continuing her mission of encouraging people to live in the moment, live a better life, love themselves, and love each other.
-- This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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