What You Don’t Know About Your Child’s Gender Identity
Presented by Linda K. Reeves, LMFT
An opportunity for family members to gain a deeper understanding of their transgender or gender expansive child’s inner world allowing for compassion and affirmation to replace confusion and rejection. By examining the unique challenges of growing up with a gender non- conforming identity, participants will recognize the critical nature of their role and emerge feeling empowered and equipped with strategies to better support their child. DETAILED WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION According to the Family Acceptance Project, the degree to which a parent embraces and affirms a child’s sexual or gender identity is the primary determinant for the child’s emotional and mental health. FAP finds that highly rejected young people were: – More than 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide – Nearly 6 times as likely to report high levels of depression – More than 3 times as likely to use illegal drugs, and – More than 3 times as likely to be at high risk for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases For those parents that DO accept their child’s sexual or gender identity, many believe that simply stating, “ I love you no matter what” is enough. In either scenario, the degree to which parents understand and affirm their child’s identity is important, yet difficult to do without deeper knowledge of gender identity development, especially for families already experiencing cultural oppression.