Film and Discussion on Gender Identity to be Hosted by Watertown Group

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The following information was provided by World in Watertown:

On Tuesday, April 30, World in Watertown will present the National Geographic documentary entitled Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, followed by a panel discussion of issues related to gender identity.

The program will be held in the Watertown Savings Bank Room of the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St. It will begin with pizza promptly at 6:00 p.m.

The program is free, and the public is warmly invited to attend. In this widely acclaimed film, “Katie Couric sets out across America to meet with leading scientists, physicians, and experts to answer questions about gender and gender identity. She speaks with everyday people who find their lives and bodies on the front line of a changing world. This documentary examines the roles of science, society, and culture with regard to gender, and sheds light on stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, and love.”

In all, it presents a very moving, touching story of our humanity.

Following the film, a distinguished panel will offer commentary and respond to questions from the audience. The panel will be moderated by Nicole Gardner, a member of World in Watertown, Director of Career Launch at Perkins School for the Blind, and a former HR and Diversity & Inclusion leader.

The panelists will include:

Phen Sarles, a senior at Watertown High School. He was the president of the WHS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and continues to be an advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ youth.

Alexei Glick, a freelance theater artist and longtime advocating member of the trans community. They are a former facilitator for a transgender peer support group, were interviewed for the StageSource ‘Gender Explosion Initiative,’ and were named as Tranz Central Coast’s Volunteer of the Year in 2016.

Alyssa Rayman-Read, Vice President and Massachusetts Director of the Conservation Law Foundation, a dedicated advocate for gender and sexuality rights, and member of the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth.

Connor Simonoff, graduate student in Social work at Boston University, with specific interest in the health and healing of transgender communities affected by trauma.

There will be time for questions from the audience at the end of the program.

The World in Watertown is a volunteer organization dedicated to celebrating diversity and promoting the fair and equal treatment of all. More information can be found at

Contact: Will Twombly, 617-926-8130,

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