Colleen Yeager delivers the idea with courage and conviction that everyone deserves the right to be themselves. Through her experience as a parent of a trans child she beautifully explains her choice to have a living son rather than a dead daughter. In her words, she was “on a bullet train to boy town.” This Talk was transformative this day receiving a 3-minute standing ovation – challenging us all to be educated on this subject and to be active, empathetic allies.
With special thanks to core the TEDxPortland organizing team, 70+ volunteers and cherished partners – without you this experience would not be possible. Our event history can be found TEDxPortland.com
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Colleen is a proud mother of two, a member of the Timbers Army, an IPA enthusiast, and a leader in Portland’s growing tech community. Colleen has joined forces with Basic Rights Oregon to fight for equality and protections for her transgender son, Eli, and others like him. She aims to deepen our understanding of humanity and inspire actions we can each take to ensure equality for all. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx