Kristen Worley | In Her Voice
April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Please join us for a special In Her Voice event!
Ben McNally Books and Random House Canada are thrilled to celebrate the launch of Kristen Worley‘s new book Woman Enough.
Kristen will take the stage at the Church of the Holy Trinity to talk about writing the book and her experience as a world-class cyclist and inclusivity advocate. She will be joined in conversation by Rachel Giese, an audience Q & A will follow, and the event will conclude with book sales and a signing.
Monday, April 15
7:00 to 8:30pm
(Doors open at 6:00)
Church of the Holy Trinity
19 Trinity Square
A powerful and inspiring story of self-realization and legal victory that upends our basic assumptions about sexual identity.
In 1966, a male baby, Chris, was adopted by an upper-middle-class Toronto couple. From early childhood, Chris felt ill-at-ease as a boy and like an outsider in his conservative family. An obsession with sports–running, waterskiing and especially cycling–helped him survive what he would eventually understand to be a profound disconnect between his anatomical sexual identity and his gender identity. In his twenties, with the support of newfound friends and family and the medical community, Chris became Kristen.
Chris had been a world-class cyclist, and now Kristen wanted to compete for her country and herself in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She became the first athlete in the world to submit to the International Olympic Committee’s gender verification process, the Stockholm Consensus. An all-male jury determined she fit their biological criteria–but the IOC ultimately objected to her use of testosterone supplements. They, and other sports bodies, regard them as performance enhancing, when in fact all transitioned female athletes need the hormone to stay healthy and to compete. So Kristen filed a complaint against the sports bodies standing in her way with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. And she won.
Woman Enough is the account of a human rights battle with global repercussions for the world of sport; it’s a challenge to rethink fixed ideas about gender; and it’s the extraordinary story of a boy who was rejected for who he wasn’t, and who fought back until she found out who she is.
Kristen Worley is a former world-class cyclist and now an international inclusivity and diversity advisor, educator and public speaker. She is the first athlete to legally challenge the gender policies of the International Olympic Committee and related international sports bodies, which she successfully argued were designed to discriminate against female athletes. She lives in Toronto.