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CLC, WeARE host transgender speaker

Ellie Krug

WeARE Advocates for Reproductive Education, in partnership with Central Lakes College, will host nationally known speaker and transgender writer Ellie Krug.

Krug will present a toolset on how people can be more welcoming to anyone considered "other" in the community. Krug will address several common questions. What does it actually mean to live in an inclusive and diverse world in the workplace, families, organizations and communities? How can society move beyond labeling those by the color of their skin, the religion they practice and the country in which they were born? How can we create a community where there is no "other" and everyone is valued as human regardless of their differences?

The speech will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Lecture Hall E-354 at CLC in Brainerd.

Krug, while an Iowa civil trial attorney with 100-plus trials, transitioned from male to female in 2009. She later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. The author of "Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change," Krug currently speaks, trains and consults on diversity and inclusion topics to governmental entities, court systems, corporations, law firms, social service organizations, and colleges and universities.

In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Krug one of "25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights." She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and pens a widely circulated monthly newsletter, "The Ripple." Krug founded an inclusion-oriented consulting company, Human Inspiration Works LLC, in late 2016.

In January 2017, Krug launched her weekly radio and podcast show, "Hidden Edges Radio," on AM950 in the Twin Cities.