Trystan Reese will be presenting his unique parenting story live for the Monmouth University community on April 30, 2019. He will be focusing on his experiences as a transgender man who became a parent overnight to his partner’s niece and nephew, helping them avoid going into foster care and leaving their family connections behind. He will also be discussing his decision to tell his trans pregnancy story publicly, which thrust his family into the international spotlight– reminding him and the world that rigid ideas of gender are still the norm across the globe.
Define a variety of terminology related to LGBTQ, and especially transgender, identities
Identify examples of transphobia (overt and covert) faced by trans and gender non-conforming communities
Name common challenges faced by LGBTQ families
About the Presenter:
Trystan Reese is a Portland-based educator and activist who works on transgender issues specifically and LGBTQ family issues more broadly. He is Canadian-born and California-raised, with a background in the performing arts. He has performed on stage in dozens of plays and musicals, in addition to his work as a storyteller, which has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour on NPR stations all over the country. He has traveled the world sharing his family’s creation story. He has been interviewed by CNN, People Magazine, the Washington Post, Vice News, and countless other outlets. His background is in LGBTQ persuasion, and he spent eight years with the National LGBTQ Task Force working to change the minds of self-identified homophobic voters nationwide. He is the Director of Family Formation at Family Equality Council, the nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to supporting LGBTQ families and those who wish to form them.
Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University main campus
2 CE credits will be offered to all who pre-register here: