Transcendent: Writing & Surviving in a Cissexist Society

In recent years, readers have been blessed with a profusion of ground-breaking, skilled writing by transgender authors. These works have helped trans and non-binary readers feel seen, and helped some cisgender readers understand (at least in part) what it means to be trans. And yet, sometimes visibility can be a double-edged sword. Join us as four accomplished trans writers discuss the challenges that come with daring to be yourself—and the moments of triumph that can make it all worth it.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Serena Lukas Bhandar is a brown/queer/genderfluid essayist and collaborateur in decolonial transgressive art. Her writing comprises (in unequal parts): faction, mythopoeia, and solarpunk.


Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music.


Lorimer Shenher is a writer and former police officer currently working in television development. His first book, the acclaimed That Lonely Section of Hell, tells of his previous incarnation as a female police detective working in vain to solve the mystery of Vancouver’s missing women. His second book, This One Looks Like a Boy, will be released March 31st.

jaye simpson is an oji-cree two spirit trans femme writer, artist and performer. they are the great grandchild of the savages and witches the catholic church couldn’t burn.



Co-parenting two elementary-school-aged children in downtown Vancouver, Morgane Oger consults in the tech industry while driving public policy change from the side of her desk for a more inclusive society.