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Jeffrey Marsh    

Nonbinary, Genderfluid Author of “How To Be You”

As a pundit for cable news, Jeffrey Marsh was the first openly nonbinary activist to appear on national television. Marsh was also the first nonbinary author with a "Big 5" publisher, Penguin Random House. Marsh wrote the best-selling self-esteem guide How To Be You, an innovative, category-non-conforming work that combines memoir, workbook, and spiritual self-help. How To Be You topped O Magazine's Gratitude Meter and was named an Excellent Book of 2016 by TED-Ed.

Marsh is one of the world's foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, with a message of positivity and inclusion and a deep knowledge of queer issues and history. Marsh has reported on LGBTQ topics for TIME, Dutch National News channel RTL-TV, NewsmaxTV and the BBC. Marsh has also been a Cultural Consultant in Nonbinary Affairs for New York University, the office of Chirlaine McCray (New York City's First Lady), GLAAD, MTV, Condé Nast's Them and Teen Vogue. As an author, Marsh was the first prominent public figure to use, and advocate the use of, they/them pronouns for trans and gender non-conforming people. Marsh has also offered comment in The New York Times, Buzzfeed News, Reuters, Huffington Post, and Bustle and has delivered keynote talks and participated on panels at university campuses worldwide, including NYU Florence, University of Texas Arlington, and Penn State. Currently, Marsh is developing several TV shows centered around issues of LGBTQ identity and stories.

Marsh maintains a robust social media following, with several hundred thousand followers and millions of views across several platforms. Marsh was named Viner of the Year by CBS in 2016. Marsh is also a precepted facilitator in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism.

Speech Topics


WE WERE NEVER TAUGHT TO LOVE

Based on “How To Be You,” Jeffrey tells deeply personal stories of being rejected at home and school. The result? An intense conviction that the only gateway to understand how to love in general is to learn love for yourself. Jeffrey tells dynamic stories of daily messages from people who are suicidal and yet have decided to live because of Jeffrey’s work. This talk pulls apart the intensity of self-hate and gives practical everyday tips for leading a loving life.

GENDERQUEER? DEMISEXUAL? YOU DON’T NEED A LABEL

Beyond the feel-good but sometimes vacuous cry of “be yourself!” the ways we use labels can have unforeseen consequences. Often, Jeffrey’s social followers expect their “right label” to cure them and be a total panacea. It doesn’t work that way. Through research and personal stories, Jeffrey presents the ways labels and categories do more harm than good, and how labels that seem empowering can ultimately divide and conquer us.

LIFE IS MORE THAN HE OR SHE

Beyond the feel-good but sometimes vacuous cry of “be yourself!” the ways we use labels can have unforeseen consequences. Often, Jeffrey’s social followers expect their “right label” to cure them and be a total panacea. It doesn’t work that way. Through research and personal stories, Jeffrey presents the ways labels and categories do more harm than good, and how labels that seem empowering can ultimately divide and conquer us.

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