I am proud to announce the official start of One Book One Valley season in Jackson and this year’s book is Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis-Nutt.
It is the story of the Maines family and their journey accepting and then supporting the male to female transition of one of their adopted twins. There is a lot to learn from this story and I am really excited to learn it via this story, through all the related programs taking place around the Valley inspired by it, and with all my friends in Jackson. Please look at the One Book One Valley website to see the variety of events available, the following is what we are hosting here:
Sunday, October 6 at 7pm. Ask a Transgender Person Anything sponsored by ACLU NH. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to have an open, respectful conversation with your transgender neighbors! This event series began two years ago, and has toured to well over a dozen libraries, schools, and churches across the state, educating the general public about what it means to be a transgender person in New Hampshire. The event begins with our panelists sharing a little bit about themselves, then the rest of the evening turned over to a moderated conversation between panelists and audience.
Tuesday, October 8 at 4:30pm. Group Discussion of Becoming Nicole at the Jackson Public Library. All are welcome.
Saturday, October 12 at 2pm. Stories and Songs with Shana Aisenberg. Shana Aisenberg is an area musician and music teacher. Shana is Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes (UUFES) in Tamworth NH. She regularly fiddles for contra dances, plays concerts, and teaches music on stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and more to students of all ages. Shana will be reading stories of inclusion and diversity and sharing songs from American folk traditions for everyone to sing along with. Fun for all ages.
Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People from the Family Diversity Projects and inspired by the Jackson Community Church is a “museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with people of all ages who are transgender and some of their partners and children. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and to educate people about this marginalized, and often invisible group of people.”
The exhibit at the Library includes portraits as well as information and commentary about each portrait as a self guided tour. It will be exhibited through October. If you would like to help, I set up a Go Fund Me page to offset the expense of transporting and hosting these photos.