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LGBTQ Awareness Panel Discussion
- Monday, September 16, 6:00 p.m.
- Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Ave., Conway, NH 03818, 603-447-5552
In celebration of the annual One Book, One Valley community read event, Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt, we will present a panel discussion as a way to open conversation and provide awareness about issues and questions facing LGBTQ populations. The panel will include some individuals representing perspectives, as well as members of medical and mental health services who have experience serving transgender individuals.
FMI: Tessa Narducci, 603-447-5552
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- Bridgton Public Library, 1 Church Street, Bridgton, ME 04009
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.
FMI: Amy Stone, 207-647-2472
Film and discussion: Screaming Queens
- Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes, 30 Tamworth Road, Tamworth, NH 03886, 603-323-8510
Film “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria,” followed by a discussion facilitated by historian Laura Hodgman. “When San Francisco police raided a popular late-night hangout for transgendered people in 1966, the patrons unexpectedly fought back.” Film is 60 minutes long and recommended for older teens and adults.
FMI: Mary Cronin, 603-323-8510
- Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
- Madison Library, 1895 Village Road, Madison, NH 03849, 603-367-8545
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 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.
FMI: Sloane Jarell, 603-367-8545
Ask a Transgender Person Anything
- Sunday, October 6, 7:00 p.m.
- Jackson Public Library, 52 Main Street, Jackson, NH 03846, 603-383-9731
One Book One Valley Project Humanist Alex Myers describes this event as follows: “These panels provide opportunities for three to five transgender or gender nonconforming individuals to tell a little bit of their life stories, how discrimination has impacted them, and how [new or revised laws] would help them. Then the audience has the opportunity to ask questions.”
FMI: Lichen Rancourt, 603-383-9731
No Cinderella Story: Friends Remember Ben Scott “Benderella” Rae
- Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
- Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main Street, Tamworth, NH 03886, 603-323-8510
Historian Laura Hodgman will talk about Benderella Rae, a developmentally disabled transgender woman who was murdered in 1977.
EWU Professor Emeritus Hodgman published an article on her oral history project in the peer-reviewed Oral History Review’s Winter/Spring 2016 issue.
FMI: Mary Cronin, 603-323-8510
An evening with Amy Ellis Nutt, author of Becoming Nicole
- Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
- Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway, NH 03860
One Book One Valley’s culminating, regional event will feature a presentation by the author Amy Ellis Nutt. This presentation will include a Skype conversation with members of the Maines family, the subjects of the book. Amy Ellis Nutt is a Pulitzer Prize-winning health and science writer for The Washington Post. The evening will end with a Q & A session, and a book signing by the author.
FMI: Mary Cronin 603-323-8510
Book discussions of Becoming Nicole:
Bridgton Public Library, 1 Church Street, Bridgton, ME 04009
- Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 p.m.
- FMI, Amy Stone, 207-647-2472
Effingham Public Library, 30 Town House Road, Effingham, NH 03882
- Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.
- FMI Crystal Hoyt, 603-539-1537
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, 227 Main St, Lovell, ME 04051
- Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.
- FMI Shelby Monroe, 207-935-3177
North Conway Public Library, 2719 Main Street, North Conway, NH 03860
- Thursday, October 3, 10:30 a.m.
- FMI Andrea Masters, 603-356-2961
Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St, Moultonborough, NH 03254
- Tuesday, October 8, 10:30 a.m.
- FMI Nancy McCue, 603-476-8895
Bartlett Public Library, Main Street, Bartlett, NH 03812
- Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.
- FMI, Kathy Van Deursen, 603-374-2755
Fryeburg Public Library, 515 Main St, Fryeburg, ME 04037
- Wednesday, October 9, 10:00 a.m.
- FMI Jennifer Spofford, 207-935-2731
White Birch Books, 2568 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860
- Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.
- FMI Laura Cummings, 603-356-3200
Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Ave, Conway, NH 03818
- Monday, October 21, 10:15 a.m.
- FMI David Smolen, 603-447-5552
Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main Street, Tamworth, NH 03886
- Monday, October 21, 5:30 p.m.
- FMI Mary Cronin 603-323-8510
Madison Library, 1895 Village Road, Madison, NH 03849
- Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
- FMI Sloane Jarell, 603-367-8545
Freedom Public Library, 38 Old Portland Road, Freedom, NH 03836
- Monday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.
- FMI Elizabeth Rhymer, 603-539-5176