Trans in Iowa: An intimate discussion
- Address: Historic East Village, Des Moines, IA 50309
- October 27, 2016
- From: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
- Price: ***Free and open to the public. RSVP required.***
Join The Des Moines Register for a discussion of the issues the transgender community faces in Iowa. The event will feature personal stories from some of the subjects included in the Register’s Trans in Iowa series and will dive into the local and national issues facing this oft-sidelined community.
***Free and open to the public. RSVP required.***
Thursday, October 27; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. @ Wooly's; Street parking available only.
About the event:
The discussion will be presented in three segments. During each 15-minute segment, participants will share their experiences and answer questions from moderator Courtney Crowder, a Des Moines Register reporter and the writer of the Trans in Iowa series. Participants will be on stage only for their segments and a Q&A following the final segment.
SEGMENT ONE: Jack Schuler, Des Moines’ first transgender teacher, and Renee Thomas, an award-winning architect and transgender woman, will open the evening by sharing their stories in their own words.
SEGMENT TWO: A trio of mothers will discuss the unique challenges facing younger children questioning or exploring their gender.
SEGMENT THREE: State Sen. Matt McCoy along with leaders from One Iowa and The Family Leader will dissect local legislative issues and discuss the effect national discourse could have on transgender Iowans.
Members of the audience will have the opportunity to submit questions for the moderator's consideration for the Q&A session with all of the participants.
This discussion of the issues facing Iowa’s transgender community aims to incorporate personal, legislative and religious perspectives. The Register, in its news reporting and events, does not advocate one perspective over another, but instead presents a diverse array of viewpoints and allows readers and audience members to reach their own conclusions