BOY: Sunday Scholars Series

Sunday, February 25

We hope you will join us for this special hour-long panel discussion, moderated by TimeLine Associate Artist and Boy Dramaturg / Gender Identity Consultant Josephine Kearns and featuring expert guest panelists, including the following:

Diane Chen, PhD, is a clinical child and pediatric psychologist at Lurie Children’s and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a founding psychologist of Lurie Children’s Gender & Sex Development Program, a multidisciplinary subspecialty program that offers comprehensive services for (1) transgender and gender expansive youth, and (2) intersex youth/youth born with differences of sex development. Dr. Chen provides direct clinical care to youth and families within the Gender & Sex Development Program and maintains an active program of research. Her research examines psychosocial functioning, health risk behaviors, and clinical decision-making among transgender/gender expansive and intersex youth and their families. Dr. Chen received her PhD (2012) and MA (2008) in Clinical Psychology from Temple University, her BA (2004) from the University of Michigan, and completed her clinical internship (2012) and post-doctoral training (2013) in clinical child and pediatric psychology at Lurie Children’s.

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA is the Director of Development and Promotion at Upswing Advocates, a trans-led nonprofit organization. Upswing Advocates uses a self-as-expert approach to research and education that strengthens and affirms the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Worner is also an Adjunct Faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a focus on Research Methods and Diversity in Clinical Practice.

Alex McCorry runs the Intersex Chicago support group for Center on Halsted. He was born in a very rural area in the 60’s; doctors decided Alex should be a girl, and did genital surgery to make him look more like a girl. He always knew they were wrong, but was unable to do anything about it. Forty years later, after moving to Chicago, he was able to start living his true identity. When he found out that what had been done to him was still being done today, he knew he had to speak out for all those still too young to speak, to stop this horrible practice.

This Sunday Scholars discussion is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to attend but are not attending the show that day, please arrive by 3:30 pm and you can enter the theatre once the performance concludes. Questions? Call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.