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Jacob Tobia - 'Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story'

From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put "male" on Jacob Tobia's birth certificate, everything went wrong. Alongside "male" came many other, far less neutral words: words that carried expectations about who Jacob was and who Jacob should be, words like "masculine" and "aggressive" and "cargo shorts" and "SPORTS!" Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label "sissy." In the two decades that followed, "sissy" joined forces with "gay," "trans," "nonbinary," and "too-queer-to-function" to become a source of pride and, today, a rallying cry for a much-needed gender revolution. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world--one free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism. From Jacob's Methodist childhood and the hallowed halls of Duke University to the portrait-laden parlors of the White House, Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won't soon forget. Writing with the fierce honesty, wildly irreverent humor, and wrenching vulnerability that have made them a media sensation, Jacob shatters the long-held notion that people are easily sortable into "men" and "women." Sissy guarantees that you'll never think about gender--both other people's people's and your own--the same way again.

A member of both the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the OUT 100 and celebrated gender nonconforming writer, producer, and performer, Tobia has quickly established themself as a breakout voice for the nonbinary, genderqueer, and trans communities. With the heart, humor, and sparkling prose of David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day and Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck and the snarky voice and wrenching vulnerability Jacob’s readers and followers have come to love, Sissy recounts what it’s like to grow up (in Raleigh, NC) as someone who wasn’t quite sure if they were a girl, a boy, something in between, or all of the above.

They will be in conversation with Reverend Dr. Nancy Petty, pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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ISBN: 9780735218826
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2019


"Transformative ... If Tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds." --The New York Times Book Review

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.