When Trystan Reese was just a year into his relationship with Biff (now his husband), the couple learned that Biff’s niece and nephew were about to be removed from their home by Child Protective Services. Immediately, Trystan and Biff took in one-year-old Hailey and three-year-old Lucas, becoming caregivers overnight to two tiny survivors of abuse and neglect. From this surprising start, Trystan and Biff built a loving marriage and happy home, and learned to parent on the job. They adopted Hailey and Lucas, and soon decided to grow their family biologically with a child that Trystan, who is transgender, would carry. Trystan’s groundbreaking pregnancy attracted media fanfare, and the family welcomed baby Leo in 2017. In How We Do Family, Trystan shares their unique story and what he’s learned about being the best parent, partner, and person you can be. Through crisis, adoption, pregnancy — and all the usual challenges of parenting — Trystan shows that more important than getting things right is doing them with love. Reese will be joined in conversation by Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree.
This event is sponsored by Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore, based in Portland, Oregon. Attendance is free of charge; preregistration is required. To preregister, please visit the Zoom event page. To purchase a copy of How We Do Family, please visit Powell’s Books.