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Beyond boy or girl: how labels save lives | Alex Myers | TEDxPiscataquaRiver

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"Are you a boy or a girl?" was a question Alex Myers heard a lot growing up. Informed by his own experiences and years educating others on transgender identity, Alex explains how labels can actually be liberating, and shares a lesson in how language can (sometimes unintentionally) create community. Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, and speaker. A graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard, he was the first openly transgender student at both institutions. He teaches English at Phillips Exeter and is the author of Revolutionary (Simon & Schuster, 2014), a novel that tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War. Alex runs workshops and speaks at schools across the country on the topic of gender identity and supporting transgender students.

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