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Virtual Book & Author: “Fairest: A Memoir”

February 10, 2022 | 6:30pm CST


In Meredith Talusan’s (she/they) reflective coming-of-age memoir, Fairest, readers get a poignant look inside the mind and heart of an accomplished LGBTQ+ journalist and author. Talusan, the first trans staff writer at Buzzfeed, the first trans person to hold an executive position at Condé Nast, the founding executive of Them, and the recipient of numerous journalism awards, takes us to the beginning of her journey – as a Filipino boy, to white-passing gay man at Harvard, to non-binary transgender woman. 

In Fairest, Talusan uses her life experiences as a case study to examine many of societies’ issues with sexuality, gender, immigration, race, class, privileged opportunities, and the colonial mentality of colorism.

Join us in conversation with Talusan as we explore her life journey, career as a LGBTQ+ journalist and author and address themes in the book.

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Non-Members: $5.00; Members: Free

Presenting Sponsors

Susan L. Karkomi & Marvin J. Leavitt / Karkomi Family Fund

Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation

Brenda & Lance Feis

Mindy & Jonathan Gray


Bernbaum Family Charitable Fund, in honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum

Additional Funders

Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation

Juliet & Michael Gray

Matthew Saleski

Laura Elizabeth Tanner

Golder Family Foundation

Media Partners

Community Partners: Center on Halsted; The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame; Equality Illinois; The Legacy Project; Making Gay History; Or Chadash of Temple Sholom of Chicago

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement was developed by the Newseum. The Newseum is an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, whose mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all.

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