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Lane Lyceum: Understanding Gender Diversity and Pronouns with Alex Brandell, OTD
We are excited to announce an exciting, upcoming Lane Lyceum!
Understanding Gender Diversity and Pronouns with Alex Brandell, OTD
Tuesday, Marsh 21st
7:30 – 9:00pm via zoom
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/GenderDiversityLyceum
This timely presentation on gender diversity and pronouns will include information regarding the issues facing the transgender community today. Alex Brandell, OTD (they/them/theirs) will address the use of new terminology with regards to gender identity and why it’s important we use these appropriately. Practical ideas on what we can do to help include a few “do-s and don’t-s”, what to do if you make a mistake, and tips for getting comfortable using someone’s new name and/or pronouns. For those who want to learn more, Alex makes recommendations for books, documentaries, and resources from local organizations.
Alex Brandell, OTD (they/them/theirs) is an occupational therapist and transgender health educator. They completed their occupational therapy doctorate at Boston University with a special focus on transgender health. They have presented on diversity education at the American Occupational Therapy Association conference and have led workshops on gender diversity with health professionals, university faculty, and the general public. Alex is based out of Minnesota but provides education across the country.
Lyceums date back to the early 19th century in New England, where they played an important role in hosting deep and provocative discussions about science, religion, philosophy, and the arts. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Abraham Lincoln all gave speeches at many local lyceums.
Today, the Lane Lyceum carries on that tradition in Needham. Named in honor of the late Rev. Ed Lane, a beloved member of First Parish in Needham, the Lane Lyceum is a reflection of Ed’s lifelong passion for and commitment to civil rights, equal justice, and spiritual inquiry.
In the words of Rev. Lane, “Life is a gift of grace, not something we have earned. We have a responsibility to use it with wisdom and to share it with love.”