This weekend we honor Trans Day of Remembrance, an important day to honor the memories of our trans siblings who have died because of transphobic violence, unequal access to safe healthcare and housing, and family trauma. At Charis we believe it is just as important to celebrate and teach the stories of our survival, which is why we are excited to welcome Dr. Elijah Nicholas for an all ages story hour and reading of his new children's book, Madoodle, with a parent and teacher Q&A to follow. Madoodle is the story of a niece learning that one of her beloved family members has transitioned and the person she understood as her aunt is now her uncle. The story offers children and adults many models for how to express unconditional love for one another despite our external differences or the changes we may experience on our life's journeys. The event is appropriate for children ages 3 and up and adults of all ages who want to be better allies to the trans people in their lives.
This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage
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Assigned the female gender at birth, Dr. Elijah Nicholas spent over half of his life in the US Military, retiring as a senior officer in 2012. Transitioning from female-to-male in 2018 came as a result of Dr. Elijah no longer being able to live his core values: authenticity, integrity, and transparency. Dr. Elijah is now an author, community advocate, inspirational speaker, and spiritual guide. Dr. Elijah holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Adult Education & Training, a Masters in Military Operational Art & Leadership, and a Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice. A former pastor, Dr. Elijah is also a licensed and ordained minister, leading Dr. Elijah Nicholas Ministries. He resides in Atlanta with his two amazing Boxers; Duke & Zeus.
Dr. Elijah Nicholas has created an LGBTQI-friendly children's book featuring Madoodle (aka Madison), a ten-year-old girl whose Uncle Pete was once her Auntie Mary. Based on Dr. Elijah's observations as he navigated his gender transition from female to male, Dr. Elijah has brilliantly created a story of love, family, compassion, and authentic gender expression acceptance.