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Published on Jan 8, 2017
Ely Bowles shares his extraordinary journey to define authenticity, heroism, and gender for himself as a boy made differently than most. While redefining what gender is and how it is constructed, he experienced something magnificent and inspiring: community and empathy.
Ely Bowles, a 2014 Collegiate School alumni, is currently a junior at the College of William and Mary pursuing dual degrees in psychology and government. During his time at Collegiate, he was active in the theatre department and diversity club. He has spent a lot of time working with the LBGTQ community through nonprofit organizations and internships. Ely recently interned at Equality Virginia, an LBGTQ advocacy organization in Richmond, where he discussed inclusive legislation with Virginia delegates and senators and facilitated meetings between members of the Virginia legislature and constituents. Ely looks forward to a career in either public policy or youth counseling.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx