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Saturday, July 9 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
CANCELED: Just a Girl, Just a Boy

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My child will not talk about anything transgender. She just wants to be a girl.” Integrating transgender experience into core self is an important element of development for transgender youth, and can be incredibly difficult when transgender identities are not celebrated in their social environments. This integration seems to be more challenging for those who are transitioning early in life. This workshop will present strategies for helping youth to include their transgender selves into their identities. Case examples will be presented for assistance in illuminating the pros and cons of the “just a girl, just a boy” phenomenon. We will discuss the importance of parent/caregiver language that celebrates transgender, and encourages youth to embrace this part of their experience.

avatar for Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center with over 30 years of experience counseling children and their families.  She is on the Advisory Board of Transforming Family and a facilitator for the parent groups.  Susan has prepared many schools in the LA area to meet the needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.  Recently, Susan... Read More →
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Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is a full time faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006. In 2012, she became the Medical Director of the Division’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, specializing in the care of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Olson-Kennedy spearheads a program of research at CHLA that aims to understand the experience of... Read More →
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Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides therapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, young adults, adults and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, he brings a dual perspective into his advocacy and education work. He has spoken around the country about the importance of rights for gender non-conforming and transgender... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Soda Center - Lafayette Hall