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Lecture: Transparent: An Open Discussion of One Trans-woman’s Journey Through Parenthood

Thursday, November 14, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Fall 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Transparent: An Open Discussion of One Trans-woman’s Journey Through Parenthood" and will be presented by Cassandra Martineau (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Trans activist Cassandra Martineau (she/her/hers) talks about her journey as a parent for 26 years, including several years before, during and post-transition. Cassandra will offer a personal perspective, peppered with facts and links to professional studies on the subject, in order to open thinking to the subject in general. When a family member transitions, the whole family transitions, too. We will explore and discuss gender roles, specifically at home.

Biography: Cassandra has been an out and proud transwoman for over five years now, as a leader in the Connecticut Woman's March on Washington, a Stonewall Speaker, a volunteer at PFLAG, as well as numerous personal panels, speeches, and talks. She graduated from UCONN with a degree in English, and from ECSU with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She continues to work with and advocate for, the LGB and especially T+ community. She transitioned while working at an elementary school, and notes that the children, at least, had very little issue with her transition.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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