A Reading, Conversation, Performance: The Ship We Built with Sounds of Saving

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Author Lexie Bean and 501c3 nonprofit Sounds of Saving join together with Bluestockings to discuss Lexie’s book, The Ship We Built, the mental health impacts of its story, and music’s hand in the ongoing process of healing one’s mind. TSWB is among the first middle grade novels centering a transgender boy written by one, and deals with themes of loneliness, domestic violence, incarceration, and faith. This event will include reading, a live music performance by Jackie Mendoza, and a panel discussion also featuring Ieshai Bailey and Nathaniel Baez. 

Jackie Mendoza is a producer and vocalist who makes music inspired by the multicultural experiences of being Mexican-American. Absorbing from different musical styles such as folk, pop, and experimental electronica, she creates a sound that is introspective and energetic. Jackie is from San Diego, California and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Lexie Bean is a queer and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest whose work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and LGBTQIA+ identity. They have performed, curated, and facilitated around the world and became a Lambda Literary Finalist for their work with fellow trans survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The Ship We Built is their debut novel.

Ieshai Bailey is a Board-Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Therapist, Alternative Sexuality Therapist, Filmmaker, and Entrepreneur. She is the Owner and Founder of The Bailey House of Wellness. Clinically trained in Sex Therapy, Kink, BDSM, Polyamory and Transgender Care, since 2011, Ieshai has been focusing on helping individuals “Be How They Desire To Be.” She has dedicated her career de-stigmatizing the taboos of mental health and sexuality; especially in Communities of Color. 

Nathaniel Baez is a trans artist who has performed across NYC. At 18, he became homeless after battling with gender identity, ongoing mental illness, and his religious background. He transitioned from female to male during his time at Covenant House and Ali Forney, and has learned to cope with inner demons through painting and poetry. He is working towards becoming a professional tattoo artist and continues his advocacy work for LGBTQ homeless youth.