Parents Defending Education received a series of emails through a public records request from the Appleton Area School District. The emails are dated September 2018 and discuss a transgender activist speaking to students at the Renaissance School for the Arts within the district. In the emails, school staff discuss that “the presentation for the entire school will be approximately 40 minutes which includes time for Q&A.” The following is then mentioned about the speaker:
Marla Klein graduated in 2011 and her major area of concentration while at RSA was Photography. She went on to study at The Hallmark School of Photography in Massachusetts. She documented a close friend’s feminizing gender transitioning over 18 months which has now been published as a book featuring Marla’s photography as well as journal entrees by her friend documenting the journey.
A link to a Facebook post promoting her book is also provided. In the post, Marla Klein states: “I’m so excited to announce the opening of a very dear project two years in the making. My first solo show and book ‘Metamorphosis’ is being released and I’d love to see you all there!” The following description is then provided for the book:
Metamorphosis is the story of Kylee Wohlmann and her feminizing gender transition over the course of eighteen months. The book features journal entries from Kylee and portraits by her close friend and photographer, Marla Klein.
According to the emails, Marla Klein planned on speaking to the school on October 2, 2018. An email was sent to school staff that described her as “one of our Renaissance success stories.”
Marla Klein is currently promoting the book The Metamorphosis Project: Vol. 3 on her website. The description of the book states: “The Metamorphosis Project started from the desire and need to make transgender voices heard — ones that say we all deserve love and respect. It’s an ongoing photo series documenting gender transition and expression in their many forms and stages.”
The Renaissance School for the Arts provides the following description online for the school: “Renaissance is a half-day school open to all AASD high school students housed at Appleton West High School.” The school “offers many classes (generally over 70 per semester) that focus on visual arts, music, dance, theater, literature, and media arts.”