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Saturday, July 9 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Striking a Balance: Understanding and Protecting My Non-Binary Child

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Young people do best when their parents actively mirror them (“you made a big effort!”)  and set firm limits (yes, you have to wear a seatbelt”).  Parents of non-binary and genderqueer youth face a unique challenge. Research and common sense indicate that affirming gender identity is what young people need to develop in a healthy way. But it may not be so clear how to affirm and protect one’s genderqueer child or teen, given how profoundly their gender expression challenges our culture’s, and often our own, fundamental categories of “male” and “female”.  Parents are weighing harassment at school, danger on the street, and their own and others’ reactions to their child’s gender presentation against the importance of affirming their child's gender. Yet parents do best when they lead with love, not fear.  In this interactive and introspective session, parents will reflect on the love they feel for their child before exploring how to balance the essential parenting tasks of protection and nurture.


Chav Doherty, MA, MS, LMFT

Chav Doherty MA, MS, LMFT has an advanced degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from San Francisco State University and holds a prior M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he studied Feminist Judaism and Jewish Mysticism.  Chav has been involved in trans* community in the SF Bay Area for 2 decades.  Chav has written articles on FTM... Read More →

Susanna Moore, PhD

Susanna Moore, PhD is a clinical psychologist who has worked with at-risk children, youth, their families in the East Bay since 1999.  She has been a long-time member of Mind the Gap consortium, and wrote a prize-winning dissertation about transgender children and teens in 2002. She currently works with Spanish-speaking/immigrant families as a supervisor at La Clinica in East Oakland, and works with gender-creative children and teens in... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Soda Center - Claeys Lounge

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