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Jo Ivester - "Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey"

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Join JAAMM and ADL Mountain States Region as we welcome author and activist Jo Ivester to discuss her recently-published memoir, "Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey."


Special thanks to the Jewish Book Council for their assistance in routing recently-published Jewish-interest authors to our community. We encourage you to purchase this title through our 2020-2021 Bookstore Partner, The Bookies, to receive a signed bookplate from the author!


About "Once a Girl, Always a Boy":

Jeremy Ivester is a transgender man. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. As a child, he preferred the toys and games our society views as masculine. He kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothing. They called him a tomboy. That’s what he called himself.


By high school, when he showed no interest in flirting, his parents thought he might be lesbian. At twenty, he wondered if he was asexual. At twenty-three, he surgically removed his breasts. A year later, he began taking the hormones that would lower his voice and give him a beard―and he announced his new name and pronouns.


Once a Girl, Always a Boy is Jeremy’s journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only Jeremy’s story but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives―those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they once saw as a sister, and of the parents who ultimately joined him in the battle against discrimination. This is a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.


About Jo Ivester:

Jo Ivester is the author of the memoirs "Once A Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey" and “The Outskirts of Hope: A Memoir of the 1960s Deep South.” She spent two years of her childhood living in a trailer in Mound Bayou, where she was the only white student at her junior high. She finished high school in Florida before attending Reed, MIT, and Stanford in preparation for a career in transportation and manufacturing. Following the birth of her fourth child, she began teaching, first as a substitute math teacher and then as an adjunct professor at St. Edward's University. She and her husband teach each January at MIT and travel extensively, splitting their time between Texas and Colorado.