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In conversation with Tobly McSmith, author of Stay Gold


Join local host, Fae Johnstone for a conversation with author Tobly McSmith about his debut YA novel, Stay Gold.

The novel follows the story of Pony and Georgia. Told in two voices, Pony, who is concealing his transgender identity at his new Texas high school, and Georgia, a cisgender cheerleader counting the days until she graduates, develop a complicated relationship.

This event is scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Capital Pride's Youth Got Pride virtual events taking place on Monday, August 24th between 3-5:30 pm.

Registration is not required, but may be helpful! Register on Eventbrite to receive an email reminder on the day of the event. The Facebook Live link will be made available on August 18.

 Questions from the audience will be collected in advance via an OPL blog post: 

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About the author

Tobly McSmith is the co-creator/writer of seven musical parodies, including Friends! The Musical Parody. Tobly was born in Texas. He now lives in New York City with his two cats, Buster and Bananas McSmith. Tobly is proud to be transgender.

About the moderator

Fae Johnstone is a local public speaker, consultant, educator and community organizer. As an activist and educator, her areas of expertise include 2SLGBTQ+ and trans inclusion, social policy, child and youth mental health, sex education and anti-oppression.