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How we talk about gender identity and why it matters—a conversation with Schuyler Bailar

March 25, 2024

Schuyler Bailar book cover titled He/She/They: How we talk about gender and why it matters

Schuyler Bailar, the first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division I men’s team, will share his inspirational story at Delta College, Thursday, April 11 at 7pm in the Lecture Theater (G160).

Before transitioning, Bailar was in the Nation’s top-20 15-year-old breaststroke swimmers, a 25-time National Championship Qualifier, a two-time All-American and was recruited by Harvard University to compete on one of its winningest teams in Harvard’s history.

At the height of it all, Bailar took a gap year. It was during this time that he realized what would be the best decision for his mental health­—he began to transition. He was welcomed on Harvard’s men’s swim team and continued to compete at the Division I level.

Bailar’s story has been prominently featured on 60 Minutes, The Ellen Show, The Washington Post and, most recently, USA Today. He has been a guest speaker for the CIA, NCAA, USA Swimming, TEDx and hundreds of other notable organizations, schools and college around the world. He is now an educator, a podcast host, a critically acclaimed author and his relentless advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community has earned him numerous honors.

Join us for a conversation and Q&A session with Bailar on his book, He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters. Sponsored by the Delta College LGBTQ+ Events Planning Committee, BEDI Services Division, the Student and Civic Engagement Department and the Student Services Division.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the event, contact Donny Winter at 989-686-9015 or or Alison Ginter at 989-686-9121 or