William Howard Doane Library, Library Atrium
400 West Loop
Granville, OH 43023
Denison Libraries presents “Transgender Experiences: Not Just One Story,” a panel of local individuals who will share their experiences with being transgender. Moderated by Michael J. Morris, visiting assistant professor of dance, queer studies and women’s and gender studies, the panel speakers include Leif Autzen, Wriply Bennet, Jody Davis, and James Glasser. A catered social will follow the event.
Austen grew up in a small town near Cincinnati and holds a bachelor of arts in music history and literature from Otterbein University. His experiences as a trans man have been influenced by his autism and rural upbringing. He works as a freelance musician and call center representative, and he is active in the local Norse Pagan community. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and most varieties of heavy metal.
Bennet is an illustrator, actor, writer, and singer from Ohio. Her art expresses the perseverance, power, and resilience of black trans women and sheds light on the lack of national outcry over the epidemic of black trans women murders at the hands of state-sanctioned violence. Her activism started with the Trans Women of Color Collective and expanded in her being a freedom rider in Ferguson. Her work with BQIC and the Black Pride 4 are her recent accomplishments.
Davis is a Christian woman and mom who happens to be transgender. She grew up in Cincinnati, lives in Columbus, and is actively involved in her local gender queer “framily.” She is a licensed therapist at Clintonville Counseling and Wellness and a nurse at the OSU Medical Center. Davis also is a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and seeking to re-enlist so she may serve transgender soldiers. She has a beautiful daughter and is happily married to her wife Jennifer.
Glasser has an associate degree in criminal justice, works as a production coordinator, and lives in nearby Reynoldsburg with his wife Aubrey and their three cats and two dogs. He is new to nonprofit work but became inspired to commit to education and advocacy in light of the current hostile political and social climate regarding transgender and genderqueer individuals.