Book reading with Brice Smith - April 19

April 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Interested in learning more about the history of the trans masculine movement? Curious to hear more about how trans men, less than 20 or 30 years ago, fought to have their medical, mental health and social needs acknowledged and addressed during a time when their identities as men were minimized or negated merely because they were assigned female at birth? If so, please join Brice as he reads from his new, ground-breaking book "Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be A Man Among Men." Following this reading, Brice will answer questions about the book, discuss the history of the trans masculine movement and disclose - just a bit - about upcoming projects he is working on.

"Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be A Man Among Men," explores the amazing and challenging life of trans author and activist Louis Graydon Sullivan. By recounting much of Lou's personal journals, the book challenges what we think we know about the "trans narrative" explores the trans and gay subcultures of the 60's, 70's and 80's, takes on the HIV/AIDS crisis and sheds light on the diversity of the trans experience.

Lou Sullivan (June 16, 1951 – March 2, 1991), the first trans man to publicly identify as gay, is largely responsible for how we understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity today. A pioneer of the grassroots female-to-male (FTM) movement, Lou was instrumental in helping individuals obtain peer-support, counseling, endocrinological services and reconstructive surgery outside of gender dysphoria clinics, who refused to treat him merely because he was FTM.

Author: Brice D. Smith, Ph.D., is a full-time dad and part-time historian. He lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, with this wife, son and two cats.

During the event, ONE LUCKY person, will win a free copy of the book during a free raffle.