WORD + Ace Hotel New York Present: Jacob Tobia and Alan Cumming for SISSY

03/04/2019 - 7:30pm


WORD and Ace Hotel New York are proud to present Jacob Tobia for their new memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. Sissy is a heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and laugh-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above. From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put “male” on Jacob Tobia’s birth certificate, everything went wrong. Alongside “male” came many other, far less neutral words: words that carried expectations about who Jacob was and who Jacob should be, words like “masculine” and “aggressive” and “cargo shorts” and “SPORTS!” 

Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label “sissy.” In the two decades that followed, “sissy” joined forces with “gay,” “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “too-queer-to-function” to become a source of pride and, today, a rallying cry for a much-needed gender revolution. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world–one free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism.

From Jacob’s Methodist childhood and the hallowed halls of Duke University to the portrait-laden parlors of the White House, Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won’t soon forget. Writing with the fierce honesty, wildly irreverent humor, and wrenching vulnerability that have made them a media sensation, Jacob shatters the long-held notion that people are easily sortable into “men” and “women.” Sissy guarantees that you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s people’s and your own–the same way again.


This event will be held in Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York, and tickets are required for entry. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Jacob and Alan's conversation will begin at 7:30 PM. General admission is $30 and includes a copy of Sissy. Jacob will be signing books following the event. There are no refunds. If you cannot make the event you may change the name on your ticket up to 24 hours before the event or have the new attendee bring your confirmation. Members of WORD's Inner Circle membership program may reserve seats by emailing events@wordbookstores.com with proof of ticket purchase. Books will be available for pickup at WORD Brooklyn for 30 days following the event. 


Jacob Tobia (they/them) is a writer, producer, author, and full-time gender weirdo. As a performer, visionary, and internet personality, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of gender and own their truth, even when that truth is annoying and/or messy as hell. Jacob’s writing and advocacy has been featured on MSNBC and MTV and in The Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME, New York magazine, Teen Vogue, Playboy, The Guardian, and Jezebel, among others. Sissy is their first book.


Alan Cumming is a Tony-winning actor who has played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, General Batista of Cuba, a goat opposite Sean Connery, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice) the EmCee in Cabaret (thrice), a James Bond baddie—oh, and political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of The Good Wife, for which he received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG award nominations. He is the author of five books including a #1 New York Times bestselling memoir. He has received over 40 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism.