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Getting To Ellen: A Memoir About Love, Honesty And Gender Change

Getting To Ellen: A Memoir About Love, Honesty And Gender Change

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Please join NYSBA’s Women in Law Section on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Eastern Time for a virtual book club meeting featuring Ellie Krug and her book, Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender

Getting to Ellen details the gender journey taken by Ellen Krug, a woman born into a male body. As a man, Ed Krug had everything anyone could ever want: the love of a soul mate named Lydia, two beautiful daughters, a house in the best neighborhood, and a successful trial lawyer's career. In a quest to find inner peace, Ed gradually confronted fear and loss, including the residue of growing up in an alcoholic household and a parent's suicide. As this page-turning story of self-discovery unfolds, the reader understands that for Ed to live authentically as Ellen, much of that picture-perfect life – including Lydia's love – would need to be sacrificed. This is much more than one person's story about some things lost and others gained. It's a glimpse into the life choices that all of us make – whether or not we're transgender. 

At the age of fifty-two, Ellen (Ellie) Krug transitioned from male to female while living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With over 100 civil trials to her credit, Ellie was the first Iowa lawyer to ever transition genders and one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. She later relocated to the Twin Cities where she served as the founding executive director of a legal nonprofit that earned an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access. Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on more than 1,000 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, “Gray Area Thinking®” across North America. 

Readers may purchase Getting to Ellen on Amazon or by ordering the memoir from their local book store.

Start Date:
  • May 18, 2023
Start Time:
  • 6:00 PM
End Time:
  • 7:00 PM
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • WLS51823
Section Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: Free
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Women in Law Section
  • LGBTQ+ Law Section
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education