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Enrollment & Advancement Center • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Understanding Transgenderism by Wayne Maines on the UMFK campus

October 13, 2016

Note: this is an archived news release. As such, the information provided may no longer apply.


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Activities will host advocate for gender equality Wayne Maines on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Fox Auditorium.

Maines will present on understanding transgenderism. The New York Times bestseller book “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” written by Pulitzer Prize Author Amy Ellis Nutt, chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together.

It’s the story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acceptance, not ostracism and disapproval; of a father (Wayne Maines) who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard.

During his talk, Maines will share his family’s story and how to embrace life when it plays out unexpectedly.

For more information on the presentation, please contact Theresa Biggs at 834-7850.