'Ask A...'®
KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
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KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

'When do we get past the starting point?' Ask a transgender person

Transgender people are coming out (to welcome and rejection) more now than ever. We learn something about their experiences in news of a looming military service ban, from prominent transgender celebrities, TV shows and movies, but many of us don’t have personal connections with transgender people.

KUOW’s 'Ask A...'® series created a space for conversations at a recent Ask a Transgender Person event in West Seattle.

KUOW’s 'Ask A...'® events create a safe and respectful environment for people to explore each other's views. We set up one-on-one conversations for six minutes. After that, a bell rings, chairs are swapped and another conversation begins. At the end, we host a group discussion and a meal.

This event took place at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Sunday August 20, 2017. You can listen to some of the conversations below.

Jay and Gunner at KUOW's Ask A Transgender Person event.
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Jay and Gunner at KUOW's Ask A Transgender Person event.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Jay and Gunner

Kelly and James at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
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Kelly and James at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Kelly and James

Kaelyn and Stephan at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
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Kaelyn and Stephan at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Kaelyn and Stephan

Kari and Nikki at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
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Kari and Nikki at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Kari and Nikki

Katie and Jeremiah at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
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Katie and Jeremiah at KUOW's Ask a Transgender Person event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Katie and Jeremiah