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Meet the Authors

July 10, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Nia & Katie J. Chiaramonte | Embracing Queer Family: Learning to Live Authentically in Our Families and Communities  

@Beaverdale Books

A Guidebook for Queer Families on How to Live into their True Selves:  Embrace the Queerness of your family, take ownership of your journey, and use your voice to bring light to your communities.

When Nia Chiaramonte came out as a trans woman to her wife Katie, she knew she would be met with a loving response. But she was less sure where this would leave their relationship, their marriage, and their family. Even murkier was what would happen when they began to bring their extended family, friends, and broader community alongside them on their journey of identity formation as a Queer family. They needed a guide for what lay ahead. Drawing on their own experiences as well as their expertise in psychology, spirituality, and family systems, Nia and Katie Chiaramonte offer the tools they wish they’d had for their journey. Embracing Queer Family is a guidebook for Queer families on how to live into their true selves and strengthen their communities through radical love, acceptance, and mutual healing. With hands-on tools for learning and reflection in each chapter, this needed resource tackles issues of inclusion and acceptance and offers practical advice for how individuals and families can honor themselves and find transformation for their whole community through love.

“A deeply compassionate and helpful guide for Queer and trans folks and the people who love them,” writes Austen Hartke, author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians. “Nia and Katie Chiaramonte encourage understanding, differentiation, and loving boundaries–all of which are necessary for strong relationships–and provide a beautiful illustration of the truth that freedom for one person can lead to freedom for others as well.” Whether you are a Queer person on the journey of self-awareness, an ally looking for resources, or a family member seeking advice for how to navigate a loved one’s coming-out process, this book is for you.

PREORDER NOW (Available May 14)

Nia Chiaramonte holds a BA in psychology with a minor in business from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in business administration. She is the Senior Director of People at LifeStraw in Baltimore, Maryland. Nia spent the first thirty-five years of her life hiding in plain sight, scared to be who she is and scared of what it might cost her. While the cost has been high, the reward of being free has been worth it. She is cofounder of Love in the Face, an organization to help and support other transgender and LGBTQIA+ individuals on their own journeys of self-discovery.

Katie J. Chiaramonte holds a BA in family services from the University of Northern Iowa and is a sendee of The Living School. In addition, she is a certified reproductive doula. After over fifteen years of formal and informal lay ministry in the Christian tradition, Katie has found that love has brought her out into a more spacious place where tradition melts away and all things connect in a wide and endless web.

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