Jo Ivester, Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey
Jo Ivester discusses her family memoir about raising a transgender son, Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey, with Dubbs Weinblatt, Keshet’s Associate Director of Education and Training for Metro New York..
Jeremy Ivestor is a transgender man. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. As a child, he preferred toys and games viewed as masculine. They called him tomboy. That is what he called himself.
This is the story of Jeremy’s journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only Jeremy’s story but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives–those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they once saw as a sister, and of the parents who ultimately joined him in the battle against discrimination. This is a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.
Day Sponsor: Reva & Robert Rosen
Co-sponsor: JCC’s Nirim Professional Development for Congregational School Educators, Stand with Trans
Promotional Partner: Keshet
About the Author:
Jo Ivestor is a speaker on and advocate for LGBTQ issues with degrees from MIT and Stanford. She serves on the boards of Equality Texas, the ADL, and GLSEN. Her first book, The Outskirts of Hope, describes her childhood living in an all-black town where hers was the only Jewish family. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.
About the Moderator:
Dubbs brings their flair for performance, partnerships and engagement to their role as the Associate Director of Education and Training for Metro New York at Keshet, where they work to better integrate LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programming, culture, and leadership in Jewish institutions.
Watch a video about Jeremy Ivester by Equality Texas
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