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- October 17
- Event Category:
- Author Events
- Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Schuyler Bailar at the Brattle Theatre
How We Talk About
Gender and Why It Matters
in conversation with TIMOTHY PATRICK MCCARTHY
Harvard Book Store, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MGB, and Fenway Health welcome SCHUYLER BAILAR—educator, author, and first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team—for a discussion of his latest book He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning scholar, Harvard University professor, and activist TIMOTHY PATRICK MCCARTHY.
Tickets includes admission for one and one hardcover copy of He/She/They pre-signed by the author.
Anti-transgender legislation is being introduced in state governments around the United States in record-breaking numbers. Trans people are under attack in sports, healthcare, school curriculum, bathrooms, bars, and nearly every walk of life. He/She/They clearly and compassionately addresses fundamental topics, from why being transgender is not a choice and why pronouns are important, to more complex issues including how gender-affirming healthcare can be lifesaving and why allowing trans youth to play sports is good for all kids. With a relatable narrative rooted in facts, science, and history, Schuyler helps restore common sense and humanity to a discussion that continues to be divisively coopted and deceptively politicized.
Schuyler Bailar didn’t set out to be an activist, but his very public transition to the Harvard men’s swim team put him in the spotlight. His choice to be open about his transition and share his experience has touched people around the world. His plain-spoken education has evolved into tireless advocacy for inclusion and collective liberation. In He/She/They, Schuyler uses storytelling and the art of conversation to give us the essential language and context of gender, meeting everyone where they are and paving the way for understanding, acceptance, and, most importantly: connection. He/She/They is more than a book on allyship; it also speaks to trans folks directly, answering the question, “does it get better?” with a resounding yes, celebrating radical trans joy. Myth-busting, affirming, compassionate, and fierce, He/She/They is a crucial, urgent–and lifesaving–book that forever changes the conversation about gender.
Praise for He/She/They
He/She/They by Schuyler Bailar is an incredible book and resource for all who want to understand gender & transness based off of someone who has lived it. Schuyler is an activist, athlete, educator, and now writer! This book is informative, fabulous to read, and leaves the reader with information, joy and proactive ways to get involved in what is one of the most important human rights conversations of our time. I love this book & Schuyler, you will too!—Jonathan Van Ness, New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, comedian, and television personality
Schuyler was the first trans person I ever followed on social media. He/She/They reminded me of why I hit that follow button years ago- because of Schuyler’s ability to speak on gender in non-intimidating ways. I wish I had this book to guide my own journey years ago, but I am so glad it exists now. We need it!—Dylan Mulvaney, actress, comedian, TikTok personality
Courageous and heartwarming, He/She/They sheds light on the journey of gender discovery and acceptance. As a fellow advocate for transgender rights, I am inspired by Schuyler’s unwavering honesty and resilience. His powerful narrative challenges societal norms, encouraging readers to embrace their authentic selves fearlessly. A must-read for anyone seeking understanding, compassion, and hope on the path to self-discovery. —Jazz Jennings, [she/her], activist, television personality, and author
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