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EUGENE, Ore. – The third week of November marks Transgender Week of Celebration, capping off with Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday. Kristin Collier will be one of the keynote speakers at the vigil taking place at the Hult Center. She joined KEZI 9 News to talk about the book she released this month, “Housewife: Home-remaking in a Transgender Marriage.”

Collier’s life was shaken when her husband told her he wanted to live the rest of his life as a woman about a decade ago. Her roles as a wife and mother were turned upside down, and even her understanding of what it was to be a woman needed rethinking. Fast forward to the present, Collier’s family now consists of her legally married parenting partner (a transwoman), romantic partner, and two teenage boys living together, harmoniously, under one roof.

“There are a lot of transpeople and transfamilies in the world who aren’t safe. Violence is born out of fear and confusion. People feel terrified when they can’t relate, and it’s going to take people sharing their stories to shift these feelings around the transcommunity,” said Collier.

The vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 20th at Studio One of the Hult Center.

Collier’s book about her transgender family is now on sale. For more information, visit her website.