Ask a Trans Person Anything
Wednesday October 11 | 7 – 8:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
PPL is proud to welcome panelists Dr. Joelle Ryan, AliciaAlec, Gerri Cannon, and Michael Phoenix on Wednesday October 11 at 7 PM. No topic is off limits. The Seacoast community will have an opportunity to engage in a respectful, moderated conversation with their transgender neighbors. Panelists will speak from personal experience and answer questions about identity, fear, discrimination, transphobia, advocacy and health. Open to all!
About the panelists:
Joelle Ruby Ryan (preferred pronouns: They/Them/Their) earned their Ph.D. in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University in 2009. They are currently a Senior Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire where they teach about a diverse spectrum of different social topics. They have been an activist on behalf of transgender rights and other social justice issues for 25 years and have spoken in classes, on campuses, community groups and social service agencies.
AliciaAlec (They/Them/Their), known also as AA and Double A, is a nonbinary young-adult living in the Lakes Region of NH. They are a volunteer Steering Committee member for Transgender New Hampshire.
Gerri Cannon (She/Her/Hers) has been sharing her life experiences for Speak Out Boston, PFLAG NH, Freedom NH, the NH Conference of UCC Churches and with the NH Legislature for the past 18 years. She worked in the Computer industry for 31 years in a variety of Senior Technical and Marketing roles. She ran her own Carpentry Business and she has driven Tractor Trailers cross country. Gerri lives in Somersworth, NH and has recently announced her intentions to run for State Representative in 2018.
Michael Phoenix (He/Him/His) is a NH-based musician, arranger, performer and teacher who came out as transgender in 2014 and shared his first year of transition experience in a blog titled “U-Turn: A UU Transman Ponders Sex, Spirituality, and the Power of Stories”. Mike is the founder and director of NH’s Trans/Ally chorus, TransPosition Vocal Ensemble.
Ask a Trans Person Anything will be moderated by Tracey Tucker (She/Her/Hers), Executive Director of New Heights, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and owner/therapist of Tradeport Counseling and Mediation Associates.