Gender Spectrum Panel: an Arlington Reads Together event on 3/28

We can hardly believe that March is coming to a close, and with it, Arlington Reads Together. We’ve had an incredible month thus far and are excited about the culminating program. Join us for a Gender Spectrum panel on Tuesday March 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Robbins Library Community Room. This event is part of Arlington Reads Together 2017 which has explored issues inspired by “Becoming Nicole.

The gender spectrum panel brings together three individuals who who have a variety of gender identities that fall under the trans umbrella: transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, or otherwise gender variant. What does gender spectrum mean? It can be defined as “rather than a rigid, binary concept grounded in biology, it presents a model for understanding gender that incorporates a spectrum of characteristics, including an individual’s sex, gender expression and gender identity. In the process, a more nuanced understanding of this core aspect of self emerges, accounting for each person’s unique gender experiences”. (Source: Dimensions of the Gender Spectrum from

Meet the panelists who will share their professional experience working with trans people and personal experiences being part of the trans community.

  • AJ Brown is gender fluid/androgynous and works as a therapist at a non-profit psychiatric hospital.
  • Taj Smith is black, transgender, and Christian. He graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2016 and currently works there as an Academic Coordinator.  
  • Bobbi Taylor identifies as genderqueer and serves as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and as an LGBTQIA+ representative on the State Commission for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.

The 2017 Arlington Reads Together selection is “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt. “Becoming Nicole,” published in 2015, is the story of a rural American family who are middle-class and politically conservative. Ms. Maines and her brother were assigned male at birth. Around age two, Ms. Maines started to express her gender identity as a girl. 


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