‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes – before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.
Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t.
This IWD, join Queen of Teen Juno Dawson, the multi award-winning author of young adult fiction as she tells tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it.
Juno wrote her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES (Jul 17) and the bestselling non-fiction guide to life for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY. Her titles have received rave reviews and have been translated into more than ten languages around the world.
WHERE? The Old Court Room
WHEN? 2 – 3pm