To the Editor:
I recently attended a program at the Manchester Community Library featuring a screening of PBS's film, "A Self-Made Man." The film focused on trans youth advocate, Tony Ferraiolo, himself a female who had transitioned into a burly, ebullient, tattooed male. There he was, a joyous man reaching out to help others, specifically trans youth.
This frank and informative film was followed by a discussion and Q&A with a panel of four people who had made the transition from one gender to another. This was the evening's highlight for me. The intergenerational panel included a college freshman, a local business owner, a journalist, and the Director of Education for the non-profit organization, Outright Vermont. Our minds and hearts were opened and challenged as we heard from four people with very different life stories. Each panelist was a bright
light, and I wanted to know each of them better.
I believe the audience left informed and empowered, as I know I did, and this is all due to the partnership our wonderful Manchester Community Library has with Vermont PBS. Everyone owes a debt of gratitude to Cindy Waters, the Library's Adult Programming Coordinator. She makes things happen. Watching movies like this at home is one experience, but viewing films like "A Self-Made Man" in a group setting not only encourages dialog but also creates community.