What is gender, and why does it matter? Author Alex Myers will use his own story of coming out as a transgender guy in 1995 to explain aspects of gender theory and transgender identity. The talk will consider the historical and cultural development of gender, touching on Myers's first novel, Revolutionary, which tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who fought as a man in the Revolutionary war. The talk will also explore more contemporary understandings of gender, looking at Myers's just-released novel, Continental Divide,which is a coming-of-age story about a transgender boy and a consideration of American masculinity.
Alex Myers is a teacher, speaker, writer, and advocate for transgender rights. Since coming out as transgender in 1995, he has worked with schools across the country, helping them create gender inclusive policies,practices, and facilities. Alex is also an author; his essays have appeared in the Guardian, Slate, Newsweek, Salon, and variety of other journals. His debut novel, Revolutionary, came out in 2014 and was followed by Continental Divide in 2019. His third novel, The Story of Silence, was released in summer 2020. Alex teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.