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Join us live and in person on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 PM as Jo Ivester talks about her book, Never a Girl, Always a Boy.
Jeremy Ivester is a transgender man. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. As a child, he preferred the toys and games our society views as masculine. He kept his hair short and wore boys' clothing. They called him a tomboy. That's what he called himself.
By high school, when he showed no interest in flirting, his parents thought he might be lesbian. At twenty, he wondered if he was asexual. At twenty-three, he surgically removed his breasts. A year later, he began taking the hormones that would lower his voice and give him a beard--and he announced his new name and pronouns.
Never a Girl, Always a Boy is Jeremy's journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only Jeremy's story but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives--those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they once saw as a sister, and of the parents who ultimately joined him in the battle against discrimination. This is a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.
In 1967, when Jo Ivester was ten years old, her father moved their family to an all-Black town in the Mississippi Delta, where they were drawn into the civil rights movement, as described in her award-winning memoir, The Outskirts of Hope, published in 2015. More recently, Jo has broadened her focus to raise awareness about the transgender community by sharing her family's story of what it's been like having a transgender family member in a world not quite ready to accept. Once a Girl, Always a Boy, published in 2020, has won numerous awards and Jo is currently adapting it for the stage.
I'm pleased to announce that we're changing the title of my book, as shown in the photo below, replacing the word "Once" with the word "Never." Several years ago when I was working on the manuscript, terminology was different from today. I often heard trans individuals say, "When I was a boy . . ." or "When I was a girl . . ." in reference to their gender assigned at birth. That's how my son Jeremy would refer to his past. But things have changed. Today, he — along with many trans men — finds it more accurate to say that he was never a girl. While that's captured in the second half of the original title, the first half now feels dated and inaccurate. So, through some wonderful work on the part of my publisher, She Writes Press, we are changing the title to, "Never a Girl, Always a Boy."
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The book's title and cover have been updated: