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Arlene Stein | Author of Unbound feat. Ben Shepard

Arlene Stein, a professor of Sociology at Rutgers University and director of the Institute for Research on Women is the author of six books and the recipient of the Ruth Benedict Prize, and has gone outside the box with her most recent book Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity, which is a narrative- based book rather than a scientific, data based book.

We follow the story of four individuals transitioning, one of which, Ben Shepard, we have the opportunity to speak to along with Arlene on this episode.

Discover why Arlene researched and wrote Unbound, and all about the transition process, along with ways you can support the LGBTQ+ community moving forward.  

Learn about Needed LGBTQ Protections

In 29 states LGBTQ Americans are not fully protected from discrimination.

This means they could be fired, denied housing, or access to public accommodations based solely on who they are or who they love. Freedom For All Americans is a national non-profit working on the ground in states to pass LGBTQ inclusive state wide non-discrimination policies.  We know stories can change hearts and minds, and so do the folks at Freedom for All Americans, which is why in partnership with a broad coalition of partners they put together this incredible resource where you can read the lived experiences of LGBTQ people from all across this country battling discrimination.

Some other great resources to check out are listed below.

Movement Advancement Project (MAP)

Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020

Resources for People that are Transgender and their loved ones

There are a slew of great organizations and advocates out there creating resources. A great one to start with is Arlene’s book. But also be sure to reach out to local organizations in your area and be sure to support the trans people in your life. Below are some great national orgs that worth following along with our local favorite, MTN.

Maine Transgender Network (aka Maine Trans Net, MTN) – these folks are AMAZING. They do great work offering support groups to folks all across the state.

National Center for Transgender Equality

Transgender Law Center

The Trevor Project


PFLAG – for Parents and family of those in the LGBTQ community

Freedom for All Americans