Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, Amy Ellis Nutt, who wrote the non-fiction book Becoming Nicole will be visiting ARHS on Friday, April 15 to speak to English teacher Sara Barber-Just’s Journalistic Writing and LGBTQ Lit classes. Her book tells the story of a transgender child, Nicole Maines, who was named Wyatt at birth and raised a boy, but began to declare her female gender identity from a very young age. Equally important is how Nutt chronicles the family’s journey (twin Jonas and parents, Wayne and Kelly Maines) to love, accept, and fight for Nicole. Half of Ms. Barber-Just’s students read the book for AP/honors credit, and all have read articles, watched clips, and listened to news stories about Nicole Maines and her family). The book was named a New York Times bestseller, one of the 10 best books of the year by People Magazine, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction.
To learn more about this powerful story and writer, please read the NPR Fresh Air story: here.