We are honored to share that Nicole Maines, the subject of “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” will be coming to Arlington on Saturday March 4 to kick off the 2017 Arlington Reads Together program! She will be speaking at Arlington Town Hall at 1:00 p.m. Nicole’s appearance in Arlington is made possible by the Library Board of Trustees, Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group, the Friends of Robbins Library, and the Friends of Fox Branch Library. We are delighted to have so many enthusiastic partners to make this program as success.
Nicole will speak about her trans activism and importance of community acceptance. Drawing on her own experiences, she’ll share with us how and why important it is for transgender youth to be and feel valued and validated as individuals.
Nicole is a young college student and has an impressive resume of activism. She was featured in Glamour Magazine’s 2014 “Hometown Heroes: 50 Phenomenal Women of the Year Who Are Making a Difference”, was named one the 14 Most Fearless Teens Of 2014 for standing up against injustice, and most recently was featured in the HBO documentary “The Trans List”.
In January of 2014 the state of Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that Nicole’s rights had been violated under the state’s Human Rights Act, marking a historic and landmark victory for transgender rights in the U.S. It is the first time a state’s highest court has ruled that it is unlawful to deny transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
This is a not-to-miss event! Registration is suggested for the Nicole Maines kickoff event at https://arlingtonreadstogether.eventbrite.com. Watch this space for details regarding a social for teens following the program.
The Arlington Reads Together committee selected “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt as the 2017 community read. “Becoming Nicole,” published in 2015, is the story of a rural American family who are middle-class and politically conservative. When Ms. Maines was a small child, she started telling her family and community who she was.“Becoming Nicole” tells their story: a mother trying to ensure her family’s safety, a father struggling to understand and accept, a twin brother who is a champion of his sister, and Nicole at the center, a young girl fighting for her place in the world. Author Amy Ellis Nutt places the family’s journey in the social, legal and medical context that surrounds them.
This event is part of Arlington for All (#arl4all), a project by the Arlington Human Rights Commission highlighting diversity in our town and celebrating how embracing our different physical, cultural, and religious histories make us more interesting and stronger as a community. This town-wide campaign includes a number of organizations, schools, arts groups, faith communities, and individuals. For more information, see https://twitter.com/arl4all.
Stop by Robbins or Fox Library to pick up a copy of “Becoming Nicole.”