Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre

present

To Survive on This Shore:
Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

featuring GRACE STERLING STOWELL and DAVID E. WEEKLEY

Date

Nov
13
Tuesday
November 13, 2018
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and Kristen Porter Presents welcome photographer JESS T. DUGAN and writer and professor VANESSA FABBRE for a discussion of their new book, To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. They will be joined by GRACE STERLING STOWELL and DAVID E. WEEKLEY, two of the subjects featured in the book.

About To Survive on This Shore

Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional. For over five years, photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled throughout the United States creating To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Older Adults. Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. The featured individuals have a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last ninety years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States.

The resulting monograph provides a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offers a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

David E. Weekley
David E. Weekley

David E. Weekley

David E. Weekley is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. In 1972 David began the battery of medical, psychiatric, and socialization tests necessary for transgender surgery, which were completed three years later. For nearly four decades Rev. Weekley has pastored congregations in Idaho, Oregon, and Massachusetts. He returned to Boston University School of Theology to develop ministry tools with and for transgender and gender nonbinary persons, graduating with a Doctoral degree in Transformational Leadership. He is the author of In from the Wilderness and Retreating Forward.

Grace Sterling Stowell
Grace Sterling Stowell

Grace Sterling Stowell

Grace Sterling Stowell has been a pioneering activist in the LGBTQ and social justice communities for over 40 years. She is the founding executive director of the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth (BAGLY), one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ youth organizations in the nation, and she currently serves as an Executive Committee member of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Grace received a B.A. in English from Curry College in Milton, MA, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and she currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jess T. Dugan
Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and community. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the MFA in Boston, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Her first monograph, Every Breath We Drew, was published in 2015 by Daylight Books. She is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.

Vanessa Fabbre
Vanessa Fabbre

Vanessa Fabbre

Vanessa Fabbre is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Public Health. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her research explores the conditions under which gender and sexual minorities age well and what this means in the context of social forces such as heteronormativity, heterosexism, and transphobia. Her work has been published in The Gerontologist, the Journal of Gerontology, the Journal of Urban Health, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

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