Past Meetup

"The Rapid Rise of Transgender Awareness in Society (Grand Rapids)

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Every 4th Wednesday of the month until March 27, 2018

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Join us for "The Rapid Rise of Transgender Awareness in Society (And What That Means)" with Julie Nemecek.

Ten years ago, conversation about transgender people—let alone conversation with transgender people—was rare or even nonexistent. The rapid rise since then in awareness about transgender people has had significant implications for business, healthcare, educational institutions, religion, and many other aspects of society. Dr. Nemecek will be addressing the causes of this rapid awareness and the implications for future recognition and inclusion of transgender people.

Dr. Nemecek's presentation will also share her and her spouse's journey through the coming out process and how that process has impacted their marriage, their kids, and their spirituality. The presentation will be multimedia and include ample time for interaction with the speaker.

About the Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek is one of Michigan’s leading voices on transgender issues. Dr. Julie served as senior pastor in three churches over 20 years before moving into higher education. She reached the rank of associate professor at Spring Arbor University then Lansing Community College before retiring from teaching in 2013. She continues to speak at colleges, churches, and LGBT events as well as providing training and consulting services.

Dr. Nemecek served on the national boards of Soulforce and PFLAG . She is on the advisory board of Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) and is an honorary board member of Inclusive Justice Michigan.

Julie has been married to Joanne for 42 years. She has three sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter. She has delivered a baby; climbed a mountain; gone spelunking; parachuted from a plane; cooked a 12-course dinner for six; shot a 78 in golf; traveled internationally to England, France, Guatemala, Ireland, India, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland; and visited 48 U.S. states.

We host local and national Lecturers to speak on many different topics including: science, religion, philosophy, social issues, politics, atheism, humanism, agnosticism, skepticism, deism, evolution, morality and ethics, secularism, rationalism, psychology, and others.

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