February 17, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Details: Donna S. Plamondon offers the Baltimore Ethical Society a narrative about the process a transsexual goes through after the realization that one is “different” at an early age. Should we take the “safe” road of living a lie or face our fears and live in truth? Either road can be full of potholes, landmines, and bridges to cross. Many of the bridges encountered will need to be burned and many people will wind up being hurt. There’s no GPS in navigating family, society, the psych, medical communities or legal system in search of spiritual peace.
Speaker Bio: Donna S. Plamondon is a 63-year-old transsexual woman. She’s worked as a professional musician, pharmaceutical sales rep, cattle farmer, furniture salesperson, and waitress. She was married for 20 years and has two adult daughters. Currently Donna is with the Transgender Response Team and the Baltimore Peoples Assembly, addressing police abuse, racism, and misconduct. She also works with Occupy Baltimore as an administrator/moderator and a delegate to City Hall. She has engaged in lobbying and public education on many issues facing the state of Maryland, one example being the 2011 testimony she gave in Annapolis on the shortcomings of the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill.