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Sunday, July 10 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Understanding Pathways to Personal Gender Through Film

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This discussion-oriented workshop features two films as a platform for a conversation about parents’ hopes for their child's gender journey, and what happens when that path goes in unexpected directions. Pink Boy is film that introduces us to Jeffrey, who loves to dance in gowns and perform for his parents. As six-year-old Jeffrey increasingly wishes to dress up in public, and his parents must navigate where it is safe for him, from school to a rodeo in Georgia. In Becoming Johanna, we meet a 16 year-old transgender girl whose mom thinks she’s confused, or joking, and prays that her child won’t change. But Johanna refuses to let her mother’s rejection define her life and she continues the journey toward becoming comfortable in her own skin. After watching the films, participants will explore what happens when a parent's ideas for their child’s gender journey and the child’s own path go in different directions, and how a parent and child can still have a common destination, namely a loving and positive relationship.

Speakers
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Eric Rockey

Director, Pink Boy Film
Eric Rockey's work straddles the worlds of technology and film as a director and editor . A Microsoft veteran, now at tech startup FiftyThree, he graduated from the New School’s Documentary Certificate and Media Studies MA programs. “Pink Boy” is his second documentary short and was created to help generate awareness and compassion for gender non-conforming and transgender kids.
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Jonathan Skurnik

Filmmaker & Educator, The Youth & Gender Media Project
Jonathan Skurnik is a filmmaker and educator making short films about transgender and gender nonconforming youth for use in classrooms and professional settings to make the world a more inclusive place for children across the entire gender spectrum.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 215

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