Be the Change Community Action: Transgender Rights

Join upcoming memoirist and transgender rights advocate Mimi Lemay as she discusses her family's journey toward understanding, acceptance and finally, outspoken advocacy for their young transgender son. Mimi will also discuss the effort in Massachusetts to roll back the accomodations bill and the ballot question in 2018. Learn how you can advocate to keep the accomodations bill in place and learn about other efforts to keep trans children and adults safe.   

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Mimi Lemay is an international advocate for transgender youth, and the proud parent of a 7-year-old transgender son, Jacob. She began her advocacy shortly after the transition of her son from assigned female to affirmed male at the age of four, when an essay she wrote about the experience went viral (A Letter to my Son Jacob on His 5th Birthday, Boston.com) The Lemays went on to participate in an NBC Nightly News segment entitled: Jacob's Journey:Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old which was viewed by nearly 40 million people worldwide and launched an international discussion on gender identity in very young children. They have since appeared in interviews on CBS News, MSNBC, NPR, Agence France Presse and the Boston Globe among other outlets. The Lemay family, oldest to youngest, continues to advocate for transgender equality, and they fought for the successful passage of an equal access public accommodations law in Massachusetts, which passed into law in July 2016. They believe that the key to securing equality and safety for Jacob and other gender non-conforming children is by sharing their story and increasing understanding. To that end, Mimi is writing a memoir which weaves her own experiences growing up in, and ultimately leaving, her strict Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and her adult life parenting a trans child.  It is due to be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. Mimi has also recently joined the Parent Council for Transgender Equality at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in U.S.-Iranian Relations from Boston University and a Masters in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Event date: 
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140