Trinity College to Host Discussion of Transgender Experiences on October 30

Author Mary Collins and Trans Son Donald Collins will Share their Personal Journeys

​Hartford, Connecticut, October 27, 2017 –

WHAT: Authors Donald Collins and his mother Mary Collins will speak about their collaborative memoir, At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick up the Pieces. Uniquely structured, with each chapter alternating between mother and son’s point of view, the book is a powerful account of family, parenting, and trans experience that has been hailed by Transparent creator Jill Soloway as “a necessary and beautiful book.” The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2017, 4.30 p.m. 

WHERE: Mather Hall, Terrace Rooms

                       Trinity College 

                       300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106


Donald Collins, a transgender student at Emerson College, made national headlines in 2013 after his health insurance provider refused to pay for his top surgery. However, his fraternity, Phi Alpha Tau, raised funds for his surgery. Mary Collins is a professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, teaching creative writing/nonfiction. The event is sponsored by Trinity’s Women and Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC), the Office of Campus Life, American Studies, the Women, Gender & Sexuality Department, the Theater and Dance Department, Encouraging Respect of Sexuality (EROS), Bantams in Balance, the Office of Student Success, the Science Center, and the Title IX Office.

For more information, contact WGRAC Director Laura Lockwood at