A Temple Sinai Program: Book Break - Once a Girl, Always a Boy
Thursday, June 10 at 7.00 p.m.
Let's come together to hear from author Jo Ivester and her son Jeremy. Jo is the author of Once a Girl, Always a Boy, which describes Jeremy’s journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. Rabbi Michael Dolgin will discuss with them their growth as a family, as parents and siblings joined Jeremy in the battle against discrimination. Their story is one of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.
Jo and Jeremy will be introduced by Temple member, Giselle Bloch, herself the proud parent of a trans individual.
Jeremy is a transgender man who grew up in a suburb of Austin, Texas, describing himself as a tomboy. At twenty-three, he had top surgery. At twenty-four, he changed his name to Jeremy, asked to be referred to with male pronouns, and began taking hormones to lower his voice and further masculinize his physique. At twenty-five, he changed his legal name. He kept a video journal for much of his transition; those recordings are the basis for the book, Once a Girl, Always a Boy. Jeremy has been the keynote speaker at the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit and the Austin ADL’s Teen Summit. He addresses student and community groups about what it was like to grow up trans in Texas and Colorado.
He attended classes at the University of Colorado as a math major and now provides daycare for his nieces and nephews and works at Starbucks as a barista. When not taking care of babies or making coffee, he loves to draw, write songs, and snowboard.
The book can be purchased online here: once a girl always a boy in all shops | chapters.indigo.ca
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Sponsor: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto