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A record-breaking swimmer in high school, Schuyler Bailar was aggressively recruited by most Ivy League women's swim teams. Now, two years later, Schuyler competes as a member of the men's swim team for a prestigious university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on a Division 1 NCAA men's team.
Join us for this Reno Family Foundation Symposium and celebrate a special evening with Schuyler as he discusses the hurdles and the milestones in his life and the world of transgender youth. Reception with light snacks and a cash bar to follow.
Funding provided by the Reno Family Foundation Fund. This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.
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Recommended for: Grade 12 and adults
Schuyler Bailar is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men's team. By 15, he was one of the nation's top 20 15-year-old breast strokers. By 17, he set a national age group record. Now he swims for Harvard University. Schuyler's difficult choice — to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion — was historic and timely. His story has appeared everywhere from The Washington Post to 60 Minutes and The Ellen Show. Schuyler chronicles his experiences on Instagram — @pinkmantaray — so others may explore his example in their journey.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, educator, and public servant. He holds a joint faculty appointment in Harvard's undergraduate honors program in history and literature, the Graduate School of Education, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is core faculty and director of Culture Change & Social Justice Initiatives at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Dr. McCarthy is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a free college humanities course for low-income adults and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. A historian of politics and social movements, protest literature, and media culture, Dr. McCarthy is the author or editor of five books with the New Press. Dr. McCarthy is featured in several documentary films, has appeared on NPR, BBC, CBS News, and more, and has published essays in The Daily Beast, Salon, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and The Nation.
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