Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
8:30pm

Beyond Binaries

with Lorimer Shenher, Kristen Worley and Joshua M Ferguson
Hosted by Serena Rivard

Beyond Binaries

with Lorimer Shenher, Kristen Worley and Joshua M Ferguson
Hosted by Serena Rivard
5
Sunday
May
8:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Joshua M. Ferguson
Kristen Worley - Photo by Derek O’Donnell
Lorimer Shenher - Photo by Jennifer Fell

Join us for a candid conversation on identity, self-acceptance and finding the courage to live an authentic life.

 

Lorimer Shenher shares the story of his gender journey, from childhood gender dysphoria to teenage sexual experimentation to early-adult denial of his identity—and finally the acceptance that he is trans, culminating in gender reassignment surgery in his 50’s. Along the way, he details his childhood in booming Calgary, his struggles with alcohol, and his eventual move to Vancouver, where he became the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton. With warmth and openness, This One Looks Like A Boy takes us through one of the most important decisions Shenher will ever make, as he comes into his own and finally discovers acceptance and relief.

 

Kristen Worley became the first athlete in the world to submit to the International Olympic Committee’s gender verification process, the Stockholm Consensus. An all-male jury determined she fit their biological criteria—but the IOC ultimately objected to her use of testosterone supplements. They, and other sports bodies, regard them as performance enhancing, when in fact all transitioned female athletes need the hormone to stay healthy and to compete. So Kristen filed a complaint against the sports bodies standing in her way with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. And she won. Woman Enough is the account of a human rights battle with global repercussions for the world of sport; it’s a challenge to rethink fixed ideas about gender; and it’s the extraordinary story of a boy who was rejected for who he wasn’t, and who fought back until she found out who she is.

 

Me, Myself, They chronicles Joshua M. Ferguson ’s extraordinary story of transformation to become the celebrated non-binary filmmaker, writer, and advocate for trans rights they are today. Beginning with their birth and early childhood years of gender creativity, Ferguson recounts the complex and often challenging evolution of their identity, including traumatizing experiences with gender conversion therapy, bullying, depression, sexual assault, and violent physical assault. By combining their personal reflections on what it feels like to never truly fit into the prescribed roles of girl or boy, woman or man, with an informed analysis of the ongoing shifts in contemporary attitudes towards sex and gender, Ferguson calls for recognition and respect for all trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, and an inclusive understanding of the rich diversity of human identity.

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs. 

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