- Celeste Fiore Esq., Founder and Chair of the Trans Affirming Alliance
- Cathy Renna, Communications Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force
This event is free, but registration is required! Please arrive early. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Masks are optional but strongly encouraged.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Preorders are also available HERE.
This program is made available by First Lutheran Church of Montclair, Union Congregational Church, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, Grace Presbyterian Church, St Luke's Episcopal Church, Montclair Public Library, Watchung Book Sellers, Trans-Affirming Alliance, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jamie Bruesehoff (she/they) is an award-winning advocate, sought-after speaker, and heartfelt writer. She is an openly queer woman married to a Lutheran pastor and mom to three spirited children, including a sixteen-year-old transgender daughter. She is passionate about sharing her family’s story, because she believes our stories are bridges to understanding, compassion, and celebration.
Jamie advocates for LGBTQ youth and adults creating opportunities for learning and conversation in schools, churches, camps, workplaces, and beyond. Whether it’s in front of ten people or more than thirty thousand, Jamie shares her experience in a way that touches hearts, changes minds, and inspires positive change. She works for legislative change in her home state of New Jersey and on a federal level.
Jamie serves as a curator for parents in New Jersey and across the country, connecting them to resources, walking with them on their journeys with gender expansive children of all ages, and empowering them to share their stories. She’s a founder and administrator of New Jersey’s Parents of Transgender Children online community. Her and her family’s work has been featured by media outlets and organizations around the world, including but not limited to Teen Vogue, Forbes, the Human Rights Campaign, Good Morning America, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and Good Morning Britain.
Jamie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gettysburg College with a Bachelors of Arts in Religion. She went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Theology for Outdoor Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. In her free time, you can find her playing in the woods and climbing mountains with her family.
ABOUT THE BOOK
"Dare to dream of a church and a world transformed by the bold celebration of transgender and gender-diverse children.
The debate around transgender children rages, with some Christians being the loudest voices against loving and supporting these young people. So, now more than ever, people of faith need to be grounded in God's call to love and affirm young people in who God created them to be. Raising Kids beyond the Binary bypasses the sound bites to give readers a vivid picture of who transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive young people are and what they need to thrive.
Drawing on the author's experience as a mother walking with and learning from her own transgender child, as well as working with hundreds of families across the country doing the same, this book helps parents navigate the emotional, spiritual, and logistical landscape of raising a gender-diverse child.
Grounded in the unequivocal truth of God's deep love and limitless creativity, this book compels readers to move past "all are welcome" to loving and celebrating transgender and gender-diverse youth in the brilliance of their uniqueness, the wisdom of their self-awareness, and the joy of their authenticity. Faith leaders and adults who work with youth will also find the book a helpful tool for gaining insight and building safer and more welcoming congregations for these children.
Rich with personal stories, research, and practical steps, this book dares to dream of a church and a world transformed by the bold and joyful acceptance and celebration of transgender and gender-diverse children and youth. These children need us, and the world needs them.
Author bio: Jamie Bruesehoff (she/they) is an award-winning advocate, sought-after speaker, and heartfelt writer. She is an openly queer woman married to a Lutheran pastor and mom to three spirited children, including a sixteen-year-old transgender daughter. She is passionate about sharing her family’s story, because she believes our stories are bridges to understanding, compassion, and celebration."