Roberta Zenker's book TransMontana continues to get attention as she tours the Northwest. It was published first as a Kindle e-book, then recently in a paperback edition as well. Bobbie's recent appearances include an interview on Brian Kahn's popular "Home Ground" radio show.
The book cover says it all. It portrays the author standing on a granite boulder, against a background of alpine meadow and Montana timber, with her hair blowing in the wind and her arms raised in victory.
No better way to sum up the story of a Montanan who started life as a rugged man. He loved the law and politics and became a county attorney, with a love of hunting and hiking the Rockies on the side.
In his heart, though, this man knew he was really a woman. And she became a woman in 2007 - the first and so far the only transgender lawyer in Montana history.
Zenker writes: "I realized that gender transition, even under the best of circumstances, is unequivocal and unforgiving. It required of me everything I had, and then some. I was still paying for it. Yet, there was no compromise, no half measure. I had to make my way in the world as a woman, or not at all."
Bobbie and I first met in July 2011, when I visited my home state to do an "Out West" program with author/filmmaker Gregory Hinton at the Bozeman Public Library.