Bobbie Zenker

Bobbie Zenker, the author "TransMontana: a Memoir of Transformation of Body, Mind & Spirit," is the feature speaker for a Sip 4 Pride event Dec. 6 at Yellowstone Cellars and Winery.

TAP 365 and the YMCA Writer’s Voice invite the public to "Sip 4 Pride: A Meet & Greet with Montana author Bobbie Zenker."

The free event will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yellowstone Cellars Winery, 1335 Holiday Circle.

Zenker is the author of the new book, "TransMontana: a Memoir of Transformation of Body, Mind & Spirit." "TransMontana" is the true story of Montana hunter and county attorney Robert Zenker’s transition from a male, popularly elected public official to a modern, professional woman.

Zenker was a married man and father of two, boxed in the psychologically complicated web of secrecy of a transsexual deeply in denial. Roberta inhabited that body and all the accoutrement of the life of a man in Montana for nearly 50 years before her transition from man to woman in 2007.

The remarkable story of her emerging from her box is a complex, courageous and sometimes dangerous journey, involving not only physical transition, but also alcohol recovery and the result of both — a spiritual transformation. Bobbie is now a beloved daughter, a supportive friend to many women.

Guests can come for a reading from the book and a conversation with Bobbie as she shares her journey.

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TAP 365 is a grass-roots, nonprofit organization, campaigning to unite the diverse communities of Montana, creating social ties that oppose discrimination and promote acceptance. Its mission is to create a sense of place and connection, fusing together all people, regardless of their differences. TAP 365’s “4 Pride” event series such as Stride for Pride and Sip 4 Pride are public events to engage the greater Yellowstone region in issues critical to their mission.

Find out more about TAP 365 and its work in the Billings area on LGBT issues at this public event.

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