Gender 101

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As part of One Book One Valley 2019, the Madison Library will host a talk by Alex Myers on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the John F. Chick Room at the Madison Library, 1895 Village Road, Madison, NH.

What is gender? Why does it matter? This program will explore the concept of gender identity, explain the differences between biological sex and gender, gender identity and gender expression, as well as gender and sexual orientation. Participants will have the chance to ask questions about transgender and non-binary identities and do a series of short writing exercises that will get them to examine and understand their own gender identity.

Alex Myers, Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Instructor in Humanities at Phillips Exeter Academy, is One Book One Valley’s Project Humanist, providing expert advice for our project, and ensuring intellectual content and historical context are represented. Alex been out as transgender since 1995. He was the first openly transgender student at Phillips Exeter and Harvard University. Since coming out, he has worked as an educator and advocate for transgender rights. Alex visits around 20 schools a year to help them develop policy, practices, and facilities that support transgender students.

This program is sponsored by a grant from NH Humanities, and is free and open to the public. Call 367-8545 for more information.

Film and discussion: “Screaming Queens”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes and Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth will cosponsor a film and discussion of “Screaming Queens” on September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the UUFES Meetinghouse at 30 Tamworth Road in Tamworth, NH. Laura Hodgman will introduce this hour-long documentary, and lead a discussion following the film. This program is one of the One Book One Valley series of programs taking place this fall.

“Screaming Queens,” directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker, paints a vivid portrait of the transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Three years before the famous uprising at Stonewall, oppression of the LGBT community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District produced violent, collective resistance at Compton’s Cafeteria, a one-time haven for marginalized communities. Through archival footage, period music, and interviews with those involved, this documentary situates the riot at Compton’s within the broader questions of urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights, and policing characteristic of the time.

Laura Hodgman, Professor Emerita of History at Eastern Washington University, moved to Tamworth about 18 months ago. Her academic work includes oral history interviews and publications on LGBT history.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 603-323-8510.

Transgender History

On Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m., the Bridgton Public Library will host speaker Alex Myers, who will give a presentation on Transgender History as part of the One Book One Valley 2019 series of programs.

The term “transgender” was coined in the late 1980s and came into popular usage in the mid 1990s, but that doesn’t mean that transgender people have only existed in the late twentieth century on. Transgender individuals have a rich history in America and other cultures. This program will present several different historical perspectives on transgender people and then focus on the story of Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as man and fought in the Revolutionary War, as an example of the lived experience of transgender people.

Alex Myers, Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Instructor in Humanities at Phillips Exeter Academy, is One Book One Valley’s Project Humanist, providing expert advice for our project, and ensuring intellectual content and historical context are represented. Alex been out as transgender since 1995. He was the first openly transgender student at Phillips Exeter and Harvard University. Since coming out, he has worked as an educator and advocate for transgender rights. Alex visits around 20 schools a year to help them develop policy, practices, and facilities that support transgender students.

The Bridgton Public Library is located at 1 Church Street in Bridgton, Maine. Call 207-647-2472 for more information.