MIMI LEMAY is an author and advocate for transgender rights. She has written for and appeared in media nationally and abroad since 2015, including a groundbreaking NBC Nightly News series: Jacob’s Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old. Since then, Mimi and the entire Lemay family have fought for passage of equal protections for transgender individuals in Massachusetts and across the US. In 2019, her critically acclaimed memoir was released; What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son and A Journey of Transformation was recognized as a 2020 Massachusetts Book Awards finalist. In it, she weaves the story of her early struggle with her Jewish faith and her growing belief, as a mother, in her son’s journey as necessary and true. In 2020, she was also named a Commonwealth Heroine, an award granted by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She is an emeritus member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council. Mimi holds a Masters in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She lives on the North Shore with her family, that includes her three children, a potcake puppy and a pug, and she considers herself, gratefully, an eternal optimist.