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Artist, award-winning author discusses transgender issues

Friday, March 29, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An artist and award-winning author whose works focus on transgender issues will give a lecture April 8 at
7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

Dylan Scholinski, born Daphne Scholinski, spent most of her high school years in a mental institution undergoing femininity training. Nearly 30 years later, the Denver resident has been recognized for his work that portrays the anguish he experienced during his hospital years and his ultimate triumph.

Scholinski has appeared on 20/20, Dateline, Good Morning America and Today and has been featured in a variety of local, regional and national newspapers and magazines. His award-winning book, The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir, was listed in the Top 10 Must Reads in Out Magazine's first transgender issue.

Scholinski is also the founder of the Sent(a)Mental Project: A Memorial to Suicide, a collection of creative works about, by or for individuals or groups affected by suicide. The projects goals are to bring visibility to mental health issues and to draw attention to individuals who have been unable to cope with the stigma associated with these issues.

Scholinski earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from St. Cloud State University and a master of fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute. A prolific artist, his paintings and drawings have been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues on the East and West coasts.

Hood's women's studies program and the sociology and social work department are the sponsors of this event.

For more information, contact Jolene Sanders, associate professor of sociology, at 301-696-3753 or by email at sandersj@hood.edu.