Author Talk

Horse Barbie: Reading and Book Signing with Author Geena Rocero

June 10, 2024
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

A book cover of "Horse Barbie" by Geena Rocero, next to a portrait of the author and model outdoors amid green trees.
Horse Barbie, by Geena Rocero. Published by Penguin Random House, 2023.

Join Filipinx-American model, TED speaker, and transgender advocate Geena Rocero for a celebration of her acclaimed book, Horse Barbie: A Memoir of Reclamation. Hailed as “a moving chronicle of trans resilience and joy” (Vogue) from one of Out100’s Most Impactful and Influential LGBTQ+ Storytellers, who “quite literally models what triumph can look like” (Glamour).

Co-presented with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in conjunction with John Jarboe: The Rose Garden.

Event Information

June 10, 2024
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Green Room, Second Floor Gallery


Free (suggested $5 donation) | Advance registration required


Museum Hours

Please note that the rest of the museum, including The Rose Garden exhibition, will be closed during this event. To plan your visit to the gallery, please reserve timed tickets during our regular museum hours.

About the Participants

A portrait of the model and author, Geena Rocero, a Filipina woman.

Geena Rocero, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is a four time Emmy Nominated and an Award Winning Producer, Writer and Director. She is a 2023 Glamour Woman of The Year—making history as the first Filipina to received the honor. She is the 2023 recipient of The A1 Award in Gold House’s A100 List of the most impactful AAPI’s along with Netflix Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria, Vanity Fair’s Editor in Chief Radhika Jones and Youtube CEO Neal Mohan. She is named as one of OUT100’s most impactful and influential LGBTQ People.

Her award winning memoir HORSE BARBIE released by Penguin Random House imprint, The Dial Press is the recipient of The 2023 THEM Now Awards for Literature. The Horse Barbie Audiobook read by Geena is named ‘2023 Best Audiobook’ by Apple Books and won the 2023 ‘Earphones Award’ by the AudioFile Magazine. She recently directed and executive produced the 2022 EMMY and GLAAD Media Awards nominated and 2022 Webby Awards Honoree, CARETAKERS, a four-part original documentary series with PBS/WNET featuring stories of Filipino American frontline healthcare workers.

On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual TED Conference. Her viral talk has since been viewed close to 5 million times and translated into 32 languages. Named a “Top 25 Transgender Person Who Influences Culture” by TIME Magazine. Geena made history as the First Trans woman 2020 Playboy Playmate of the Year. Geena has spoken at the White House, World Economic Forum, United Nations, State Department.

Why I must come out | Geena Rocero


Major support for John Jarboe: The Rose Garden has been generously provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.