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Poster for Harvard Book Store Presents Schuyler Bailar

Harvard Book Store Presents Schuyler Bailar

Coming on October 17

Run Time: 90 min.

Harvard Book Store Presents:

Schuyler Bailar


How We Talk About
Gender and Why It Matters

in conversation with TIMOTHY PATRICK MCCARTHY

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MGB, and Fenway Health welcome SCHUYLER BAILAR—educator, author, and first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team—for a discussion of his latest book He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning scholar, Harvard University professor, and activist TIMOTHY PATRICK MCCARTHY.


Tickets includes admission for one and one hardcover copy of He/She/They pre-signed by the author.

About He/She/They

Anti-transgender legislation is being introduced in state governments around the United States in record-breaking numbers. Trans people are under attack in sports, healthcare, school curriculum, bathrooms, bars, and nearly every walk of life. He/She/They clearly and compassionately addresses fundamental topics, from why being transgender is not a choice and why pronouns are important, to more complex issues including how gender-affirming healthcare can be lifesaving and why allowing trans youth to play sports is good for all kids. With a relatable narrative rooted in facts, science, and history, Schuyler helps restore common sense and humanity to a discussion that continues to be divisively coopted and deceptively politicized.

Schuyler Bailar didn’t set out to be an activist, but his very public transition to the Harvard men’s swim team put him in the spotlight. His choice to be open about his transition and share his experience has touched people around the world. His plain-spoken education has evolved into tireless advocacy for inclusion and collective liberation. In He/She/They, Schuyler uses storytelling and the art of conversation to give us the essential language and context of gender, meeting everyone where they are and paving the way for understanding, acceptance, and, most importantly: connection. He/She/They is more than a book on allyship; it also speaks to trans folks directly, answering the question, “does it get better?” with a resounding yes, celebrating radical trans joy. Myth-busting, affirming, compassionate, and fierce, He/She/They is a crucial, urgent–and lifesaving–book that forever changes the conversation about gender.

Praise for He/She/They

He/She/They by Schuyler Bailar is an incredible book and resource for all who want to understand gender & transness based off of someone who has lived it. Schuyler is an activist, athlete, educator, and now writer! This book is informative, fabulous to read, and leaves the reader with information, joy and proactive ways to get involved in what is one of the most important human rights conversations of our time. I love this book & Schuyler, you will too!—Jonathan Van Ness, New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, comedian, and television personality

Schuyler was the first trans person I ever followed on social media. He/She/They reminded me of why I hit that follow button years ago- because of Schuyler’s ability to speak on gender in non-intimidating ways. I wish I had this book to guide my own journey years ago, but I am so glad it exists now. We need it!—Dylan Mulvaney, actress, comedian, TikTok personality

Courageous and heartwarming, He/She/They sheds light on the journey of gender discovery and acceptance. As a fellow advocate for transgender rights, I am inspired by Schuyler’s unwavering honesty and resilience. His powerful narrative challenges societal norms, encouraging readers to embrace their authentic selves fearlessly. A must-read for anyone seeking understanding, compassion, and hope on the path to self-discovery. —Jazz Jennings, [she/her], activist, television personality, and author

Mask Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Co-Sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Education Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Harvard Graduate School of Education Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Schuyler Bailar

Schuyler Bailar (he/him) is an educator, author, and advocate. He is also the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. Schuyler’s exemplary work has earned him numerous honors including NYC Pride Grand Marshall, the Out 100, LGBTQ Nation’s Instagram Advocate of the year, and the Harvard Varsity Director’s Award. In addition to being one of the top LGBTQ+ educators and advocates, Schuyler is a leading DEI speaker and advisor who has been featured in countless media outlets. Schuyler also hosts the hit podcast “Dear Schuyler” on gender and culture and is the creator of the groundbreaking gender literacy online learning series. He holds a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology from Harvard, and works in four research labs focusing in clinical psychology and public health.

Photo Credit: Violetta Markelou

Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, educator, and activist who has taught at Harvard University since 1998. At HGSE, he is core faculty in the Equity and Opportunity Foundations Curriculum and the Online Master’s Program in Education Leadership. At the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was the first openly gay faculty member and still teaches the school’s only course on LGBTQ matters, he is Faculty Associate at the Center for Public Leadership and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is also faculty co-chair for the “Communicating for Impact” Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School and Scholar-in-Residence on Leadership and Communication at Thayer Academy.

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

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