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Saturday, July 9
 

7:00am

Gender Spectrum Conference Registration and Check-in
Checking in
You will begin your conference weekend at the Soda Center Plaza,
where everyone will check-in and get their conference packet, including name badges and wristbands for meals. Beginning at 7:45, you will be able to check kids into the K-3, 4th/5th, Middle School and High School programs on the Plaza. Also at 7:45, you will be able to drop-off your children at Justin Hall for our Childcare and Pre-K programs.

For the remainder of the weekend, kids will be checked in and out from their respective program sites, as indicated in the schedule below.

Saturday July 9, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Soda Center Plaza

7:45am

Childcare and Pre-K Drop-Off
After checking in at the Soda Center plaza, you can drop-off your children who will be part of our Childcare and Pre-K program beginning at 7:45 in Justin Hall.

Saturday July 9, 2016 7:45am - 8:15am
Justin Hall

7:45am

K-3, 4th/5th, Middle School and High School Check-in
After you have completed your general check-in, where you will receive name badges and meal wristbands for meals, you can then check your kids into the youth program in which they will be participating. Tables for each program will be set-up to meet you and your child(ren) as well as collect your program waiver.

PLEASE NOTE: we will not entertain any requests onsite to move your child up or down to a different youth program. The program leads are too busy on Saturday morning to have these in-depth conversations with parents. If you would like your child to attend a different program than the one based on their grade just completed, you MUST contact us at events@genderspectrum.org by Wednesday, July 6 at 5:00 pm.

We will then put you in touch with the appropriate program lead and they will decide if the switch will work. With any program changes, it is within the program lead's discretion whether to switch a child's program and/or to move them back to their original program. If at the end of the day Saturday, you realize your child would be better off in a different program, you may discuss this possible switch for Sunday by coming to the Information Center located in Delphine Lounge in Ferroggiaro Quad.


Saturday July 9, 2016 7:45am - 8:15am
Soda Center Plaza

8:15am

Gender Spectrum Conference Welcome
Welcome to the 2016 Gender Spectrum Conference! Our opening session will set the stage for a weekend dedicated to examining gender in all of its diversity. We will begin our morning all together as a group, celebrating our community and the young people it serves. After kids move on to their individual programs, we will then expand upon this year's theme Navigating the Path to Personal Gender.. What have been the roads leading to our  personal gender? Where has our journey taken us so far? Where will it lead us to next? What are the implications for me as I parent my gender-expansive child or teen? We will also highlight some of the weekend’s activities and resources designed to maximize your time while at the conference. Here’s to a great weekend of learning together!

Saturday July 9, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am
Soda Center

9:15am

Home Groups (12 - 14)
Our weekend will begin with all adult attendees joining a home group with others in similar parenting or other supportive contexts. Groups will include those caring for children and youth of particular age groups (i.e. 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) as well as group for grandparents and one for professionals working with families and/or youth. These kick-off sessions are designed to allow conference attendees to make connections with others who may be facing similar challenges and asking similar questions. These will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear about programming that may be especially appealing to their situation. Our hope is that these initial home groups will help participants identify some friendly faces with which they can connect with during the course of the weekend. We will return to these groups in the afternoon on Sunday for a chance to share our learning and next steps as we get ready to leave the gathering and return home.

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Soda Center - Orinda Hall

9:15am

Home Groups (15 - 19)
Our weekend will begin with all adult attendees joining a home group with others in similar parenting or other supportive contexts. Groups will include those caring for children and youth of particular age groups (i.e. 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) as well as group for grandparents and one for professionals working with families and/or youth. These kick-off sessions are designed to allow conference attendees to make connections with others who may be facing similar challenges and asking similar questions. These will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear about programming that may be especially appealing to their situation. Our hope is that these initial home groups will help participants identify some friendly faces with which they can connect with during the course of the weekend. We will return to these groups in the afternoon on Sunday for a chance to share our learning and next steps as we get ready to leave the gathering and return home.

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Soda Center - Moraga Hall

9:15am

Home Groups (5 & under)
Our weekend will begin with all adult attendees joining a home group with others in similar parenting or other supportive contexts. Groups will include those caring for children and youth of particular age groups (i.e. 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) as well as group for grandparents and one for professionals working with families and/or youth. These kick-off sessions are designed to allow conference attendees to make connections with others who may be facing similar challenges and asking similar questions. These will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear about programming that may be especially appealing to their situation. Our hope is that these initial home groups will help participants identify some friendly faces with which they can connect with during the course of the weekend. We will return to these groups in the afternoon on Sunday for a chance to share our learning and next steps as we get ready to leave the gathering and return home.

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Soda Center - Lafayette Hall

9:15am

Home Groups (6 - 8)
Our weekend will begin with all adult attendees joining a home group with others in similar parenting or other supportive contexts. Groups will include those caring for children and youth of particular age groups (i.e. 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) as well as group for grandparents and one for professionals working with families and/or youth. These kick-off sessions are designed to allow conference attendees to make connections with others who may be facing similar challenges and asking similar questions. These will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear about programming that may be especially appealing to their situation. Our hope is that these initial home groups will help participants identify some friendly faces with which they can connect with during the course of the weekend. We will return to these groups in the afternoon on Sunday for a chance to share our learning and next steps as we get ready to leave the gathering and return home.

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Dante 204

9:15am

Home Groups (9 - 11)
Our weekend will begin with all adult attendees joining a home group with others in similar parenting or other supportive contexts. Groups will include those caring for children and youth of particular age groups (i.e. 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) as well as group for grandparents and one for professionals working with families and/or youth. These kick-off sessions are designed to allow conference attendees to make connections with others who may be facing similar challenges and asking similar questions. These will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear about programming that may be especially appealing to their situation. Our hope is that these initial home groups will help participants identify some friendly faces with which they can connect with during the course of the weekend. We will return to these groups in the afternoon on Sunday for a chance to share our learning and next steps as we get ready to leave the gathering and return home.

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Dante 220

9:15am

Home Groups (Grandparents & Allies)
Our weekend will begin with all adult attendees joining a home group with others in similar parenting or other supportive contexts. Groups will include those caring for children and youth of particular age groups (i.e. 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) as well as group for grandparents and one for professionals working with families and/or youth. These kick-off sessions are designed to allow conference attendees to make connections with others who may be facing similar challenges and asking similar questions. These will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear about programming that may be especially appealing to their situation. Our hope is that these initial home groups will help participants identify some friendly faces with which they can connect with during the course of the weekend. We will return to these groups in the afternoon on Sunday for a chance to share our learning and next steps as we get ready to leave the gathering and return home.

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Soda Center - Claeys Lounge

9:15am

Home Groups (Professionals)
Our weekend will begin with all adult attendees joining a home group with others in similar parenting or other supportive contexts. Groups will include those caring for children and youth of particular age groups (i.e. 25 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) as well as group for grandparents and one for professionals working with families and/or youth. These kick-off sessions are designed to allow conference attendees to make connections with others who may be facing similar challenges and asking similar questions. These will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear about programming that may be especially appealing to their situation. Our hope is that these initial home groups will help participants identify some friendly faces with which they can connect with during the course of the weekend. We will return to these groups in the afternoon on Sunday for a chance to share our learning and next steps as we get ready to leave the gathering and return home.

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Dante 215

10:30am

It's Possible: Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
Becoming a gender inclusive school is a journey that ideally includes active involvement from parents/caregivers, educators, administrators, and students. In this workshop, participants will learn Gender Spectrum’s framework for Gender Inclusive Schools and hear from a panel of parents who advocated to help their childrens' schools become more gender inclusive. There will be time for Q&A and dialogue.



Moderators
avatar for Kim Westheimer, MA

Kim Westheimer, MA

Gender Spectrum
Kim Westheimer, MA is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Gender Spectrum. Her professional career in non-profits and state government has focused broadly on the power of students, parents, and educators working together to create inclusive spaces for all students. Prior to being at Gender Spectrum, she directed the launching of Welcoming Schools at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. She is the coauthor - with Jeff Perrotti - of When the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Collins, PhD

Sandra Collins, PhD

Executive Director & Founder, EnGender / Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp
Sandra Collins, PhD is the founder of the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp, the non-profit engender, has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is a member of several Diversity and Inclusion Committees for area non-profits. Sandra was inspired to create the camp based on her own daughter’s experiences. The camp prepares gender diverse youth to be self-advocates and to feel empowered in a safe, comfortable community. enGender runs camps... Read More →
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Amy Rocha, MS

Amy Rocha graduated with a BA in Speech Language Pathology from California State, Chico and a MS in Special Education from The Johns Hopkins University. She has been an educator in the public school system, for 14 years and has had the opportunity to teach around the nation. In 2006 she gave birth to her 1st child who instantly took her heart and captured my soul. Since then, motherhood has been a roller coaster of emotions but has... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Soda Center - Orinda Hall

10:30am

The Biology of Gender Identity: Emerging Understandings
Compelling studies have demonstrated that “gender identity” is not simply a psychosocial construct, but likely reflects a complex interplay of biologic, environmental, and cultural factors. This session will highlight new understandings about the relationship between biology and gender identity. Influenced by work across multiple aspects of medical science (endocrine, genetic, and neuroanatomic), we are coming to an ever more nuanced recognition of gender’s complexity. Grounded in ongoing research as well as evolving practices from gender and Disorder of Sex Development (DSD) clinical work, the workshop will explore cutting edge ideas about biologic contributions to the development of gender identity. The workshop will also review the prevalence of gender-expansive and transgender youth, and current concepts of endocrine care and the implications for integrating medical, mental health, advocacy, and legal services. 

Speakers
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Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD

Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, emeritus Program Director for Pediatric Endocrinology, and Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC). Dr. Rosenthal co-chaired a steering committee that lead to the creation of the CAGC, a unique University and community collaborative providing medical and mental health support, as well as education, advocacy, and legal support to gender expansive youth and their... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Soda Center - Moraga Hall

10:30am

Public vs. Private: Exploring the Complexities of Disclosure
In what contexts should a child’s gender status be revealed? What are the trade-offs between open acknowledgment and “going stealth” about your child’s gender identity? We face numerous situations where we are called upon to advocate for our children and must decide whether disclosing information will create more safety and inclusion or more difficulties. In this workshop, we will create an open and supportive setting for parents to share with each other about issues of disclosure and non-disclosure in a variety of settings. This is Phyllis’ sixth year running this workshop, and each year brings something new. This year will be more of an open forum, with less didactic information, although handouts to help families navigate decisions about whether to remain private or become more public will be given out. Both new and returning families are welcome to come and share your experiences.

Speakers
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Phyllis Rothblatt, MFT

Phyllis Rothblatt, MFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in private practice in Oakland for twenty -five years, and specializes in working with LGBTQ clients, as well as families with gender-expansive and transgender children and youth. Phyllis has been affiliated with Gender Spectrum since it was first conceptualized and contributed her skills over the years in many ways- as a consultant, a conference presenter, a... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Soda Center - Claeys Lounge

10:30am

CANCELED: Car Talk: Communicating with Teens About Gender
Gender dysphoria, broadly described as the distress that arises from an
incongruence between assigned sex and gender identity, is not always
experienced in relationship to secondary sex characteristics. In order to
facilitate effective conversations with youth, parents/caretakers would
benefit from increased understanding of the many ways that gender
dysphoria might present. However, parents may feel uncomfortable or
uncertain having these important conversations. This session’s title
references just one of the ways to engage a youth in meaningful dialogue.
After all, escape is difficult when the vehicle is moving!

In this workshop expert mental health professionals Susan Landon and Aydin
Olson-Kennedy of the Los Angeles Gender Center will facilitate a lively
and interactive discussion about gender dysphoria, practice techniques for
communicating with a child and become more familiar with the possibilities
of “car talk.”


Speakers
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 →
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

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 10:30am - 12:00pm
Soda Center - Lafayette Hall

10:30am

Dads Group
How do dads meet the societal expectations of fatherhood while simultaneously meeting the unique needs of their gender-expansive child? What personal experiences, successes, fears and triumphs are unique to this complex role? This two-part workshop is designed to create an environment where dads can express themselves freely about the issues, concerns, strategies and ideas they have regarding being a father of a transgender or gender-expansive child. Through open and honest dialogue, fathers will be reminded that they are not alone and need to request and offer assistance and understanding to one another in order to better succeed in fulfilling the fatherhood role. This workshop will be held in two parts: an initial session Saturday morning followed by a chance to reflect on the entire conference at the end of the day Sunday.

Speakers
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Enrique Perez Grovas

Enrique Perez Grovas and his wife Isolda are parents of a seven year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered and facilitated a seminar in Lima, Peru specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dante 215

10:30am

What's God Got to Do With It?
Join us as religious leaders share their views and listen to yours about God’s love and the balance between challenges and acceptance of gender-expansive young people in congregations and communities of faith. We will begin and end with a panel discussion. In the middle, we will break into sharing groups, with a faith leader facilitating each group, so a maximum number of people get a chance to share. Does supporting one’s gender-expansive child mean compromising one’s faith or spiritual path? Can families reconcile their desire to recognize a young person’s authenticity with what may feel like an unsympathetic or even hostile faith community? How might caregivers approach the religious leaders in their lives to seek support or to gain perspectives about their child’s upbringing? Join spiritual leaders, parents and caregivers as they explore balancing the desire to access the tremendous support and healing power of one’s faith with the evolving gender of one’s child or teen.


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dante 220

10:30am

Gender 101: A Conference Primer
This session is designed to give participants a foundational understanding of some of the terms and concepts about gender that they will encounter during the conference. Intended for individuals who may be grappling with some of these ideas for the first time, as well as for more experienced participants who may be seeking to hone their own use of gender terminology when speaking with or presenting to others. Workshop will include key terminology, examples of various forms of gender diversity across cultures, and perspectives from gender-expansive youth and their families.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →



Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dante 204

12:00pm

Check-out Kids from Childcare & Pre-K, K-3, and 4th/5th Programs
Childcare + Pre-K: Justin Hall
K-3, 4/5: Sichel Hall 

Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Justin & Sichel Halls

12:00pm

Lunch
Join other conference attendees, volunteers and presenters for a delicious lunch in Saint Mary’s dining hall. With a wide selection of freshly prepared entrees, locally grown produce, and daily specials, there will be something for everyone. Enjoy your meal in the beautiful indoor seating or find a comfortable spot on the campus quad or elsewhere on our hosts’ lovely grounds. Be sure everyone in your group has a wristband, as this is their “meal ticket.”

Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oliver and Dryden Hall

1:00pm

Check-in Kids to Childcare & Pre-K, K-3, and 4th/5th Programs
Childcare + Pre-K: Justin Hall
K-3, 4/5: Sichel Hall 

Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Justin & Sichel Halls

1:15pm

Medical Basics: Puberty Blockers and Cross Hormones
This session will focus on the needs of children who are beginning the road to medical support around their gender. The mechanism of puberty blockers (GnRH analogues) and cross hormones, including timing, dosing, and follow up care will be presented. Key questions families and young people must consider, processes for identifying what the appropriate steps might be for your child, and various other general topics related to starting down the path of medical support for your child’s gender.

Speakers
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →
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Ilana Sherer, MD

Ilana Sherer, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician in California. In addition to seeing patients at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Dr. Sherer is a founding member of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and serves as its Assistant Medical Director and Director of Primary Care.  She has received various awards for this work, developed health care provider modules related to caring for GLBT and gender variant youth, and... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Soda Center - Moraga Hall

1:15pm

Bringing Our Whole Selves to the Table: Exploring Intersectionality
How we view our own gender and those of our loved ones is influenced by all aspects of our identity including our family histories, race, religion, ethnicity, and the communities with which we identify. Panelists in this workshop will discuss how their multi-faceted identities relate to their experience of gender. They will share where they found support and opportunities for growth as well as how they navigated resistance and roadblocks. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own identities and engage in a dialogue with panelists and other attendees.

Moderators
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Rick Oculto, MSW

Rick Oculto, MSW is currently the Education Coordinator at Our Family Coalition. Formerly the Youth Services Coordinator at Billy DeFrank LGBT Center in San José, CA, Rick developed programs that addressed LGBT youth issues and created the first transgender youth support group in the area. Rick has conducted trainings for hundreds of students, educators, and youth workers focusing on diversity, harassment, gender stereotypes, and other... Read More →
avatar for Kim Westheimer, MA

Kim Westheimer, MA

Gender Spectrum
Kim Westheimer, MA is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Gender Spectrum. Her professional career in non-profits and state government has focused broadly on the power of students, parents, and educators working together to create inclusive spaces for all students. Prior to being at Gender Spectrum, she directed the launching of Welcoming Schools at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. She is the coauthor - with Jeff Perrotti - of When the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Collins, PhD

Sandra Collins, PhD

Executive Director & Founder, EnGender / Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp
Sandra Collins, PhD is the founder of the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp, the non-profit engender, has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is a member of several Diversity and Inclusion Committees for area non-profits. Sandra was inspired to create the camp based on her own daughter’s experiences. The camp prepares gender diverse youth to be self-advocates and to feel empowered in a safe, comfortable community. enGender runs camps... Read More →
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Kris Glad

Kris Glad is an intern at Gender Spectrum, through the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps. E is working towards hir Bachelor's degree in Gender Studies at the University of Utah, and wants to go on to graduate school for Social Justice Education. From Utah, Kris was raised Mormon, but has since left the church and now would describe hir religious beliefs as agnostic. E identifies as nonbinary, and primarily uses e/hir/hirs pronouns... Read More →
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MJ Morrisey

MJ Morrissey (they/them) is a 26 year old transfeminine|genderqueer|agender, mixed race individual. They currently work at Our Family Coalition advancing trans advocacy and programming efforts, and have previously worked with the Trevor Project to promote LGBQI and Trans inclusion and support in schools and governmental agencies. They were born and raised in San Jose and attended UC Berkeley for college. In their spare time, they love being... Read More →
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Rafael Pineda

Rafael was born in Honduras and grew up south of San Francisco.  He lives with his wife of twenty years and fifteen year-old daughter in the East Bay.


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Dante 215

1:15pm

Deciding if Working with the Media is the Right Path (or Not)
The media's interest in covering transgender people and issues has increased dramatically, and we know that stories about transgender children and youth have the power to help families just learning that their child is transgender. They also play an important role in shaping how the general public perceives gender-expansive experiences. But how do you know if telling your story in the media is the right thing for your family and your child? What are the consequences of talking about your child's gender in the media when a Google search can disclose their trans identity for the rest of their life? Why is it different for transgender people to be out in the media, compared to LGB people? This session will explore the various questions parents need to consider and possible consequences they must weigh as they make decisions about sharing their child's gender story publicly. 

Speakers
avatar for Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Program Director, Transgender Media, GLAAD
Nick
LK

Lisa Kenney

Executive Director, Gender Spectrum
Lisa Kenney is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum, the leading national organization focused specifically on gender and youth. Lisa’s background is in corporate strategy, marketing and business operations, serving as an executive in both small and large companies. As Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including development and execution of the organization’s vision for creating gender sensitive... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Dante 220

1:15pm

Striking a Balance: Understanding and Protecting My Non-Binary Child
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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

1:15pm

Talking with Young Kids About Gender
It is hard enough trying to understand the shifting landscape of gender as an adult. Trying to discuss it with you child can feel overwhelming. The result is that we often simply avoid talking about the topic at all. What does it look and sound like to engage a child in age-appropriate conversations about gender? What is too much information? Can young kids really understand this complex subject? This workshop will address these questions as well as concrete examples and opportunities to practice using various approaches for discussing gender with kids.

Speakers
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Julia Beers

Julia Beers teaches second and third grade at Malcolm X Elementary in Berkeley, Ca. She received her Masters of Education at Mills College with a focus on gender inclusive schools. She serves as a Welcoming Schools teacher leader, working to protect the rights of and celebrate LGBT students and families. 
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Pamela Wool

Director of Family Services and Administration, Gender Spectrum
Pamela Wool, Director of Family Services and Administration, facilitates the Gender Spectrum support groups for parents/caregivers and provides support to Gender Spectrum families throughout the year. She has been involved in gender-related issues since earning her B.A. in Women’s Studies at Brown University. She continued her social justice work as a legal aid attorney after earning her J.D. at University of California, Hastings College of the... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Soda Center - Orinda Hall

1:15pm

When Families Don't Agree: Counseling and Legal Implications
One of the most painful experiences for a gender-expansive youth is getting caught in the crossfire between two (or more) parents who cannot come to an agreement about what will be best for their child. The fields of mental health and law have not always been effective at curbing parents' confusion and mutual antagonism, nor worked together to do so. However, it is possible for parents to minimize the harm to their child by focusing on their child’s best interests. This session will discuss, from both a mental health and legal perspective, ways to facilitate dialogue and, if needed, encourage mediation, court action, and/or mental health services to help parents when they do not see eye to eye concerning their child's gender health.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Soda Center - Lafayette Hall

1:15pm

Critical Media Literacy: Promoting Trans*formative Conversations with Gender Expansive Youth
As caretakers and friends of gender expansive children, we often cringe at the gender stereotypes we see portrayed among media. These stereotyped representations, however, offer teachable moments for caretakers and friends of gender expansive youth. Critical media literacy offers a framework to help us become more gender-literate and to help children thoughtfully interact with media messages about gender. Critically questioning common assumptions about gender from media and medical pespectives, participants will leave with the tools they need to foster gender expansiveness in their homes through using, rather than running from, media. 

Speakers
avatar for Steven Funk, EdD

Steven Funk, EdD

Professor, MSUB
Dr. Steven Funk is a professor of English and Critical Media Literacy who specializes in conducting media analyses that foster social justice for LGBTQIA individuals. He and Dr. Jaydi Funk recently co-authored journal articles that analyze recent media portrayals of trans* individuals and seek to end the pathologization of gender expaniveness in medicine and media.
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Jaydi Funk, PharmD

Pharmacist in Charge, CVS
Dr. Jaydi Funk is a pharmacist who has researched pediatric dosing, hormone therapy for transgender individuals, and media representations of the medical processes involved in transitioning. She and Dr. Steven Funk recently co-authored journal articles that analyze recent media portrayals of trans* individuals and seek to end the pathologization of gender expaniveness in medicine and media.


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Dante 204

3:00pm

Preparing for and Navigating the Transition to College
While many of our gender-expansive youth have experience navigating transitions, the transition from high school to college can present new challenges and opportunities for growth. This panel aims to provide caregivers with information about what colleges and universities are doing to ensure the safety, support, and inclusion of gender-expansive youth.  Additionally, this panel will also include college-aged youth who will share experiences and strategies for advocating for oneself in academia. Topics including housing, support services, policies and other asects of life on campus will be considered. Listen to gender-expansive college students and the professionals charged with supporting them as discuss strategies for navigating this important path.

Moderators
avatar for Mere Abrams, MSW, ACSW

Mere Abrams, MSW, ACSW

Gender Specialist, Educational Advocate, Researcher, University of California, San Francisco Child & Adolescent Gender Center, Gender Spectrum
Mere Abrams, MSW, ACSW, is a Gender Specialist, Educational Advocate, and Researcher with the University of California, San Francisco Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic. Mere also works as a Program Manager at Gender Spectrum, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating gender inclusive spaces for all children and youth. Mere began working with Gender Spectrum in 2012, completing the first evaluative study to measure the impact of... Read More →

Speakers
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Desirée Anderson

Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. Before coming to serve as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California she served as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University in New Orleans for six years. In addition to working at SMC she is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans studying the use of... Read More →
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Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker is an award winning, freelance photographer whose work focuses on social justice, fashion and portraiture. Ryan is a rising senior at St. Mary's College of California planning to graduate with a degree in Communication accompanied with a minor in gender studies. Ryan's work has been featured in international publications and media and hopes to continuing growing as a photographer, student, and activist. 
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Deb Schneider, LCSW, PPSC

Volunteer Director
Deb Schneider LCSW, PPSC, works directly with the entire Student Affairs staff to support gender expansive and transitioning youth on SFAI's small urban campus in her role as Director of Counseling Services at the San Francisco Art Institute.. Prior to her work at SFAI, she worked as a school social worker for ten years at El Cerrito High School. In addition to a small private practice in Oakland, Deb supports clinicians doing... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Soda Center - Claeys Lounge

3:00pm

Seeking Congruence Through Surgery
For some transgender and nonbinary young people, surgical intervention is critical for their long-term health and well being. What do you need to know to support a young person in your life to pursue gender congruence through surgery? What are the key decisions a family must make as their minor considers surgical interventions? This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with a brief summary of the various surgical options available for youth, as well a discussion of the processes--emotional, physical, logistical--that must be accounted for as they consider surgery for their teen.    

Moderators
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →

Speakers
MC

Mang Chen, MD

Mang L. Chen, M.D. is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and stayed in Pittsburgh for his general surgery and urology residencies. Dr. Chen completed his traumatic and reconstructive urology... Read More →
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Scott W. Mosser, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mosser's Office
Scott W. Mosser, MD FACS is a Board-Certified San Francisco Plastic Surgeon. In addition to his aesthetic practice, Dr. Mosser has two passions within the field of Plastic Surgery. The first is Destination Hope, the medical mission group he founded in 2009. Destination Hope organizes inspiring medical missions each year to repair birth defects in developing countries. Dr. Mosser’s other passion & focus is his involvement within the... Read More →
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Thomas Satterwhite, MD

Thomas Satterwhite, MD completed college, medical school, and his plastic surgery residency at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.  His expertise in facial surgery was further refined with the completion of a craniofacial fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe, a world-renowned craniofacial surgeon.  Dr. Satterwhite has extensively published and presented nationally and internationally in plastic... Read More →


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

3:00pm

CANCELED: Just a Girl, Just a Boy
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.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

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

3:00pm

Sharing Our Path in Public: Working with Media
GLAAD's Nick Adams will share tips for talking about transgender people and issues in the media. Whether you are a professional, a parent, or a trans person, you can effectively use the media to educate the 84% of Americans who say they don't know a transgender person in their personal life. Learn about targeting your audience, setting your boundaries, messaging techniques, and effective interview skills.

Speakers
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Nick Adams

Program Director, Transgender Media, GLAAD
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Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dante 220

3:00pm

Helping Your Gender-Expansive Child with Teasing
Teasing is a part of the sub-culture in schools and within peer relationships. Those raising gender-expansive youth often want to protect their child from this, and prevent it from happening at all. Unfortunately this often translates to asking the child to change something about themselves. In this workshop, we will explore how to empower and support your gender-expansive child. We will be discussing specific tools parents can use to both stay connected to their children to stay informed about what is going on socially, how to build the child's ego strength, as well as how to teach their children how to respond to any teasing that may occur.

Speakers
avatar for Darlene Tando, LCSW

Darlene Tando, LCSW

Gender Therapist, Darlene Tando, LCSW
Darlene Tando, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in San Diego. She has been working with the transgender community since 2006, and the majority of her practice is dedicated to working with gender expansive/transgender youth and adults. Darlene believes the individual is the “expert” on one’s own gender identity. For more information about her work in the gender field, please visit her blog at... Read More →


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

3:00pm

Your New Normal
You’re (mostly) through the panic that came with realizing that your child was on a different gender path than their friends and classmates. You know more about gender identity and expression than you ever thought you would- assuming you had given it much thought at all. Your child is doing ok, and you're settling in to a “new normal”. Now what? Where do you go from here? How are your needs changing as time goes by? How do you stay current with your child and their evolving needs when gender is no longer the dominant conversation? Join us in discussion as we explore life in the “new normal.”

Speakers
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Lisa Kenney

Executive Director, Gender Spectrum
Lisa Kenney is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum, the leading national organization focused specifically on gender and youth. Lisa’s background is in corporate strategy, marketing and business operations, serving as an executive in both small and large companies. As Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including development and execution of the organization’s vision for creating gender sensitive... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dante 204

3:00pm

Entendiendo el Genero Desde una Perspectiva Latina/Hispana
Afrontar temas de identidad de genero y de niños y niñas transgenero en paises de America Latina o en familias latinas/hispanas genera diversos retos muy particulares. Las familias latinoamericanas pueden afrontar experiencias diferentes a aquellas generadas en otras culturas. Esta sesion, que sera llevada a cabo en Español, tocara esos temas, otorgando la oportunidad a los familiares de compartir sus experiencias, buscar apoyo y encontrar recursos que los ayuden a transitar en su experiencia como padres de niños y niñas transgenero o con una identidad de género diversa.

Speakers
avatar for Isolda Atayde

Isolda Atayde

Isolda Atayde and her husband Enrique are parents of an eight year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered. On November 2015, her daughter became the youngest person in Mexico... Read More →
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Enrique Perez Grovas

Enrique Perez Grovas and his wife Isolda are parents of a seven year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered and facilitated a seminar in Lima, Peru specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dante 215

4:45pm

Young Adult Panel: Creating New Horizons for All Children and Youth
What are the real life experiences of transgender and other gender-expansive young adults? Having moved through childhood, adolescence and their teen years, what lessons have these gender-expansive young people learned about their own experiences? What suggestions do they have for parents of today’s children and youth? During this powerful session, a panel of young adults will tell their stories from the heart. Honest, emotional, and inspiring stories can help parents and youth to believe in a better and happier future. The goal of this workshop is to provide parents hope by seeing that gender-expansive youth can thrive once their gender issues are addressed and that your kid os more than their gender.

Saturday July 9, 2016 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Soda Center

6:00pm

Parents Pick-up at Childcare & Pre-K, K-3, 4th/5th and MS Programs
Childcare + Pre-K: Justin Hall
K-3, 4/5: Sichel Hall 
Middle School: Cassin Student Union

Saturday July 9, 2016 6:00pm - 6:15pm
Justin, Sichel & Cassin

7:00pm

Gender Spectrum Dance Party
Gender Spectrum Dance Party!
((open to all conference participants)

Come relax and hang out for an evening of entertainment. Our Talented Gender Spectrum Youth Council has organzied an evening of music and fun for all. Join us as we dance the night away at our Dance Party!

Saturday July 9, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
La Salle Hall-Hagerty Lounge
 
Sunday, July 10
 

9:00am

Parents drop-off at Childcare & Pre-K, K-3, 4th/5th and MS Programs
Childcare + Pre-K: Justin Hall
K-3, 4/5: Sichel Hall 
Middle School: Cassin Student Union

Sunday July 10, 2016 9:00am - 9:15am
Justin, Sichel & Cassin

9:15am

Understanding and Exercising Your Child's Title IX Rights at School
Recent pronouncements from the federal Departments of Justice and Education have made very clear the rights of transgender and other gender-expansive students to express and identify their gender in ways that are authentic to their own experiences. Across all grades and in virtually every aspect of a student’s life, educational institutions face new challenges to ensure that every child has full access to learning. This workshop will examine evolving legislative and policy requirements that are impacting everything from student records to athletic participation. What specific protections are in place for students? What if state or local districts do not explicitly have such protections in place? Where do anti-bullying laws fit in? In addition to these topics, the workshop will also include discussions about first amendment speech and expression issues and legal implications in private school settings.

Speakers
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Kendra Fox-Davis, Esq.

Kendra Fox-Davis, Esq. is an attorney with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), San Francisco regional office. She has experience investigating and resolving complaints throughout California, including many districts in the San Francisco Bay Area. OCR regularly provides technical assistance in the form of presentations and trainings to school districts and universities regarding sex-based discrimination, including harassment, and similarly provides... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Dryden Hall (adjacent to Cafeteria)

9:15am

Medical Panel: Caring for Adolescents and Teens
This session will focus on the needs of youth seeking medical support around physical gender transitions, including the use of cross hormones as well as exploring options and preparing for gender reassignment surgeries. Other possible subjects include options for “staying in the middle” of the gender spectrum and issues about reproductive health.

Speakers
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Mang Chen, MD

Mang L. Chen, M.D. is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and stayed in Pittsburgh for his general surgery and urology residencies. Dr. Chen completed his traumatic and reconstructive urology... Read More →
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →
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Scott W. Mosser, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mosser's Office
Scott W. Mosser, MD FACS is a Board-Certified San Francisco Plastic Surgeon. In addition to his aesthetic practice, Dr. Mosser has two passions within the field of Plastic Surgery. The first is Destination Hope, the medical mission group he founded in 2009. Destination Hope organizes inspiring medical missions each year to repair birth defects in developing countries. Dr. Mosser’s other passion & focus is his involvement within the... Read More →
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Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD

Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, emeritus Program Director for Pediatric Endocrinology, and Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC). Dr. Rosenthal co-chaired a steering committee that lead to the creation of the CAGC, a unique University and community collaborative providing medical and mental health support, as well as education, advocacy, and legal support to gender expansive youth and their... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 204

9:15am

Creating Your Family Gender Story
Participants will engage in creating a Family Gender Story. Ideas, Narrative and Actual making of art/books will be utilized, yet, the workshop is meant to generate the expansion to working on this with children/youth at home. Participants will learn how to craft a gender story and then how to incorporate their childs expression and experience into the activity. Issues of "how to talk with family, friends, institutions" around "family gender story" will also be addressed. Gender Affirmative and Family Acceptance practices will root the discussion/dydactic portions.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW is a Clinical Supervisor on the Management Team at A Better Way serving children and families primarily in foster and adoption care. In addition, she is a Gender Specialist in Private Practice in Oakland, California and a Contract Supervisor for Rainbow Community Center in Concord, California. Jessie serves on the Steering Committee of the Gender Spectrum Conference and is a founding member of the Mind The Gap Group... Read More →
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Joy Johnson, PsyD

Joy L. Johnson, PsyD is a bilingual child and family psychotherapist. Dr. Johnson is an active member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center’s Mind the Gap Consortium and has been an integral contributor to the development of the Center’s gender affirmative youth assessment guidelines and protocols. She practices in Hayward with La Familia Counseling Service. Working with gender non-conforming children and families from a gender... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 117

9:15am

CANCELED: Outside of the Gender Binary: Defining and Caring for Non-Binary Identified Youth
The gender binary is limiting in both describing the experience of gender, but also in the development of medical and mental health care protocols. This workshop will primarily be a discussion of the approach to caring for non-binary identified youth in the mental and medical health care domains. Led by three experienced clinicians, Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD; Susan Landon, LMFT and Aydin Olson-Kennedy ACSW, MSW, we will explore the challenges of development, societal integration, language, privilege, and medical decision making for non-binary youth.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

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 →
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

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 →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
LeFevre Theater

9:15am

Keeping Siblings in Mind
Gender diversity impacts all members of a family, including one’s siblings. Many young people face their own social challenges as they are questioned about their sibling’s gender. Some may feel the need to defend their sibling, while others may be angry to have been put into this position. As adults look to meet the unique needs of a transgender or gender-expansive young person, it is not uncommon for siblings to feel left out. What are some of the important considerations that must be taken into account for caregivers and professionals as they seek to support the siblings of gender diverse youth? How can they balance the needs of all of the young people in the equation? What do the siblings of a gender-expansive child need and how might they be showing you?

Speakers
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Karisa Barrow, PsyD

Karisa Barrow, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist, is the founder and clinical director of inMind, which provides psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation for adults and children in the Bay Area and surrounding communities. She is in private practice in Oakland, where she specializes in working with gender nonconforming, transgender, and GLBQ adults, children, and their families. She authored Psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Galileo 201

9:15am

Parenting Children & Youth on the Autism Spectrum and the Gender Spectrum: What is the Overlap?
It is quite common for individuals to live in both the neurodivergent and the transgender worlds. In fact, there is a growing neuroqueer movement. Neurodivergence includes autism/Aspergers, Tourrettes, ADHD, synesthesia, dyslexia, high sensitivity and other neurological differences. Our neurodivergent, transgender/non-binary children need support for both trans- and neurodiversity related challenges in their lives. In this workshop you will gain greater understanding of neurodiversity in it’s many variations along with strategies and resources to support your child and family. This workshop will be participant-driven. Bring your questions and we will focus on the group’s needs.


Speakers
avatar for Finn Vivian Gratton, LMFT, LPCC

Finn Vivian Gratton, LMFT, LPCC

Finn Vivian Gratton
Finn Vivian Gratton, LMFT, LPCC is a somatic psychotherapist with specialties in neurodiversity, trauma and transgender/non-binary gender issues. They have 10 years of professional experience working with neurodivergent clients and frequently provide consultation to professionals on neurodiversity issues and treatment. They identify as genderqueer and autistic/Asperger's. | Friday's professional symposium workshop is really for all disciplines... Read More →



Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 215

9:15am

What Keeps Me Up at Night
Raising transgender, non-binary and gender-expansive children or teens can bring up a number of questions and challenges for the loving adults in their lives. Some are scary, others simply mystifying, and still others represent complex problems that seem to have no clear solutions. For parents working to understand, accept and/or support their child’s gender, these perplexing issues are frequently the stuff of midnight musings and sleepless nights. This session will be an informal opportunity to raise the things that are keeping you up at night, to hear from others who have asked some of the same questions and possibly explore conclusions that might prove helpful as you seek to better understand your child and their gender journey. Please note: this session is only for parents, caregivers and other adults raising transgender, non-binary and gender-expansive children or teens. 

Speakers
LK

Lisa Kenney

Executive Director, Gender Spectrum
Lisa Kenney is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum, the leading national organization focused specifically on gender and youth. Lisa’s background is in corporate strategy, marketing and business operations, serving as an executive in both small and large companies. As Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including development and execution of the organization’s vision for creating gender sensitive... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Galileo 105

9:15am

Grandparents Group
This session will focus on the various questions, challenges and opportunities for grandparents of gender-expansive children and youth. Join Dr. Diane Ehrensaft, a grandmother herself, for a chance to talk about being a grandparentto the gender-expansive child in your life!

Speakers
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 220

11:00am

It Can Work Out! Collaborating with Schools to Meet a Child's Gender Needs
How do you partner with your school to ensure a successful gender transition or positive experience related to your gender-expansive child? This can be a scary and daunting prospect as you approach the time when your child wants to transition at school or in some other way live more consistently with their sense of self. Who do you need to talk to? What do you have to anticipate? This workshop will cover the successful school transition experiences of a few families, provide resources for you to use, and give you an opportunity to ask questions and share your thoughts. A panel of caregivers will share their experiences supporting their child’s gender authenticity at school. Come hear what they have learned as they have collaborated with their schools in this challenging but empowering process.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →



Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Galileo 201

11:00am

The Clinic is Open: Legal FAQs
This Q&A session is designed to provide an open forum in which participants can seek information and resources around a wide range of legal topics. What are the ways in which the Affordable Care Act can cover medical needs for transgender or other gender-expansive teens? How can I make sure my gender-expansive child can participate in sports or other activities? What are some of the legal issues I can anticipate if my child transitions gender? What are my child’s rights in a private organization such as the Girl Scouts? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of trying to use the law to insure my child’s gender is respected? A panel of legal professionals who have been supporting gender-expansive children and teenagers and their families will explore questions that have emerged for you during the weekend, as well as provide resources for when you return home.


Speakers
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
LeFevre Theater

11:00am

Medical Panel: Consideration for Pre-Adolescents
This group of experienced medical providers will focus on the needs of children and pre-adolescents in anticipation of their entry into puberty. What do we need to be thinking about now while our kids are young? Are there certain steps we should be preparing for as we look ahead to their future medical needs? What might be the options for “staying in the middle” of the gender spectrum? Hear from a range of medical professionals who are on the front lines of caring for gender-expansive kids (and the adults who love and support them).

Speakers
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

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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Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD

Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, emeritus Program Director for Pediatric Endocrinology, and Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC). Dr. Rosenthal co-chaired a steering committee that lead to the creation of the CAGC, a unique University and community collaborative providing medical and mental health support, as well as education, advocacy, and legal support to gender expansive youth and their... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Galileo 105

11:00am

Telling Your Story, One Moment at a Time
Learn about the benefits of sharing your experiences with others. Create community and connections by writing about specific moments along your journey with a transgender or gender non-conforming child. Education, advocacy and awareness are positive by-products of blogging. Understand the emotional effects on others who discover, through your writing, that they are not alone. Three vocal “Ally Moms” of trans* children will share their experiences and teach participants how to start their own blog. Because of one woman’s willingness to open up and be very public about her family’s journey a group called Ally Moms was formed. Each of the presenters is an active voice within Ally Moms that has international reach. 

Speakers
avatar for Janna Barkin

Janna Barkin

Janna Barkin and her husband Gabriel live in Marin County, California. Together they’ve raised three children. Their youngest is transgender. A lifelong learner, Janna loves experiencing new things and giving back to the community. She has worked as a preschool teacher/director, a certified childbirth educator, and currently teaches yoga. Janna started and co-facilitates a support group for parents and caregivers of transgender children. She is... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Collins, PhD

Sandra Collins, PhD

Executive Director & Founder, EnGender / Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp
Sandra Collins, PhD is the founder of the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp, the non-profit engender, has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is a member of several Diversity and Inclusion Committees for area non-profits. Sandra was inspired to create the camp based on her own daughter’s experiences. The camp prepares gender diverse youth to be self-advocates and to feel empowered in a safe, comfortable community. enGender runs camps... Read More →
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Roz Keith

Board President, Founder, Stand with Trans
Roz Keith is a Writer/blogger of CallHimHunter, a blog with an international readership, creator of Ally Moms, a growing support network of 50 + women who have transgender or gender non-conforming children, and founder of Stand with Trans, a 501(c)(3), whose mission is to provide transgender youth with the tools they need to feel confident, validated and loved so they can transition and live authentically. Roz also co-facilitates an ongoing... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 220

11:00am

Understanding Pathways to Personal Gender Through Film
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

11:00am

Understanding the Social Context of Gender Identity
Hands on activities to understand how gender is a social construction and how can we recognize, re-think and re- structure what is appropriate for our family. This workshop is based in the real experience of a mother walking true the journey to understand the tears of her child./Taller basado en actividades para comprender como el concepto de genero esta construido por la sociedad y como podemos reconocer, re-pensar y re-estructurar lo que es mas apropiado para nuestra familia. Este taller esta basado en la experiencia real de una madre en su camino por entender las lagrimas de su hija

Speakers
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Angelica Guerrero

Angelica Guerrero is a Director and Teacher of preschool education, an early childhood consultant, specialist and mother of two daughters.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 204

11:00am

Supportive Parenting Practices: Concrete Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Risks of Self-Harm
We know from research and hear all the time that parental support is the most important factor influencing a transgender, non-binary or gender-expansive young person's health and well-being. But what does that actually look like? This workshop will first explore the sobering data about the risks facing transgender and other gender-expansive youth, including depression, drug use and self harm. It will then focus on the specific parenting behaviors that have been shown to directly reduce these negative outcomes. With an emphasis on concrete actions parents and caregivers can employ as they seek to support the young person in their lives, this workshop will leave participants feeling empowered with tangible steps they can take to help their child.

Speakers
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Lisa Kenney

Executive Director, Gender Spectrum
Lisa Kenney is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum, the leading national organization focused specifically on gender and youth. Lisa’s background is in corporate strategy, marketing and business operations, serving as an executive in both small and large companies. As Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including development and execution of the organization’s vision for creating gender sensitive... Read More →
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Pamela Wool

Director of Family Services and Administration, Gender Spectrum
Pamela Wool, Director of Family Services and Administration, facilitates the Gender Spectrum support groups for parents/caregivers and provides support to Gender Spectrum families throughout the year. She has been involved in gender-related issues since earning her B.A. in Women’s Studies at Brown University. She continued her social justice work as a legal aid attorney after earning her J.D. at University of California, Hastings College of the... Read More →



Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dryden Hall (adjacent to Cafeteria)

11:00am

Talking about Sex with Trans & Gender Expansive Pre-Teens

You have been on an incredible journey already -- and now you’re wondering how to talk with your trans or gender expansive child (0-12 years) about sex! You want your child to feel supported and affirmed, but today’s sex education doesn't take their unique concerns into account. In this workshop you’ll learn simple, direct approaches to initiating healthy gender-affirming conversations with your child about how babies are made, boundaries, puberty, transition, sexual orientation, and more. You’ll also have a chance to explore some of your worries and share ideas with other parents and caregivers.

Speakers
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Colin Close, MA

Sole proprietor, GATE Consulting
Colin Close, MA provides consulting services, technical assistance, and training for organizations seeking to better serve people of all genders. He has worked with medical and mental health care providers, government agencies, nonprofits, social service organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and professional associations. He also speaks with dozens of college classes, civic groups, and faith-based organizations each year in an... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 117

12:30pm

Parents Pick-up at Childcare & Pre-K, K-3, and 4th/5th Programs
Childcare + Pre-K: Justin Hall
K-3, 4/5: Sichel Hall 

Sunday July 10, 2016 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Justin & Sichel Halls

12:30pm

Lunch
Join other conference attendees, volunteers and presenters for a delicious lunch in Saint Mary’s dining hall. With a wide selection of freshly prepared entrees, locally grown produce, and daily specials, there will be something for everyone. Enjoy your meal in the beautiful indoor seating or find a comfortable spot on the campus quad or elsewhere on our hosts’ lovely grounds. Be sure everyone in your group has a wristband, as this is their “meal ticket.”

Sunday July 10, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Oliver and Dryden Hall

1:45pm

Parents drop-off at Childcare & Pre-K, K-3, and 4th/5th Programs
Childcare + Pre-K: Justin Hall
K-3, 4/5: Sichel Hall 

Sunday July 10, 2016 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Justin & Sichel Halls

2:00pm

Home Groups Reunion
With the conference moving towards its conclusion, we take a pause to step back and consider what we have learned and hope to do as we prepare to head home. Having filled our mind over the past two days with information and stories, it can feel overwhelming to consider next steps. This gathering prior to the final workshop block of the conference is designed to support parents and caregivers to take a deep breath and think. Rather than wondering about everything you feel you need to do, we will ask you to think about one or two things that you will do. Sharing these ideas with your home group peers, this will be a chance to make a commitment to yourself and the young person in your life about how you hope to translate your experience at the 2016 conference into tangible actions.

Sunday July 10, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Soda Center

3:15pm

Fertility Issues For Youth: Puberty Blockers, Hormones and Decision-Making Through The Lens Of Family Building Options
This workshop will explore current and future options for transgender youth making choices about puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy. We focus on the process of making decisions about the timing of medical interventions from the perspective of future fertility, considering the viewpoints of both youth and parents or guardians who will be giving legal consent for interventions. A schema will be presented for understanding current and future fertility options for persons with ovaries and testes, with or without puberty blockers and hormones.    We will look at the psychological necessity but developmental disruptions in presenting this information to pre- or early adolescent patients considering either blockers or hormone treatments, information that leads to significant decision-making regarding their child’s future life as a potential parent.

 

Speakers
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Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →
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Katherine Hsiao, MD

Kathy Hsiao, MD is a GYN pelvic surgeon and LGBTQ health advocate. She testified as a medical expert witness for the May 2014 landmark appeal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medicare NCD 140.3 for transgender affirming surgery. Dr. Hsiao has lectured internationally at WPATH, Gender Spectrum and the UCSF National Transgender Health Summit on fertility-sparing FTM hysterectomy and reproductive options for trans*men and the... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Soda Center - Moraga Hall

3:15pm

Paving Our Own Paths to Adulthood: Reflections on a Non-Binary Experience of Gender
Historically youth have been taught that people assigned female at birth always grow up to be women and people assigned male at birth always grow up to be men. We now know this is not always true. This workshop will offer a close look into the experiences of three non-binary young adults. These individuals will share information about their unique pathways to adulthood beyond the binary, navigating identity, social transitions, intimate relationships, family dynamics, medical interventions, and/or surgery. Rather than asserting their stories as representing "the non-binary experience," their stories serve to illustrate the incredible diversity of non-binary identities and the journeys towards them.  

Speakers
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Mere Abrams, MSW, ACSW

Gender Specialist, Educational Advocate, Researcher, University of California, San Francisco Child & Adolescent Gender Center, Gender Spectrum
Mere Abrams, MSW, ACSW, is a Gender Specialist, Educational Advocate, and Researcher with the University of California, San Francisco Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic. Mere also works as a Program Manager at Gender Spectrum, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating gender inclusive spaces for all children and youth. Mere began working with Gender Spectrum in 2012, completing the first evaluative study to measure the impact of... Read More →
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Bárbara Alexandra

Bárbara Alexandra (they/ellx) is a non-binary Guatemalan Indígenx hailing from the barrios of Los Ángeles and Guatemala. They are currently a program coordinator for a queer and trans* youth center based in West Oakland. For four years, they have dedicated their existance to community organizing working primarily with youth or color between the ages of 5-24. In addition to their work, Bárbara is a performance artist... Read More →
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Aaron Steinfeld

Aaron Steinfeld was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and moved to the bay to study Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley. He identifies as queer and gender non-conforming and uses he/him, they/them, and she/her pronouns. They believe in creating and imagining a world past violence and oppression, and currently work for the Family Violence Law Center doing teen dating violence prevention education with Oakland... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Soda Center - Claeys Lounge

3:15pm

Get in Touch: Increasing Resiliency of Gender Diverse Youth
Growing up outside of cultural gender norms can be hard. The stresses of fear, teasing, harassment, and loneliness can pile up. Watching your child(ren) live through this is also hard, and as much as you work to make their lives easier, to switch or improve their schools, find them peer groups, and get them appropriate medical care, you worry it's not enough, because you can still see them hurting. The good news is there are ways to help their bodies process the stresses you can't remove from their lives, to help them become calmer, more centered, and to sleep better at night. In this interactive workshop, you'll learn how massage helps increase resiliency and calm anxieties, and you'll leave able to offer your child(ren) the benefits of massage yourself, as well as be prepared to find a gender-positive massage professional in your community.

Speakers
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Arwyn Daemyir, LMT, CPMT

Arwyn Daemyir, LMT, CPMT is a massage therapist with a private practice serving the whole family in Portland, OR. She specializes in massage as a tool of resiliency for people facing stresses because of their gender, sexuality, size, and/or age. Her writing on gender and parenting has appeared in works such as Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth. She is excited to bring her two greatest passions... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 215

3:15pm

Talking about Sex with Trans & Gender Expansive Teens

You have been on an incredible journey already -- and now you’re wondering how to talk with your trans or gender expansive teen about sex! You want your child to feel supported and stay safe, but today’s sex education doesn't take their unique concerns into account. In this workshop you’ll learn simple, direct approaches to initiating healthy gender-affirming conversations with your teen about dating, disclosure, consent, contraception, STDs, and more. You’ll also have a chance to explore some of your worries and share ideas with other parents and caregivers.

Speakers
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Colin Close, MA

Sole proprietor, GATE Consulting
Colin Close, MA provides consulting services, technical assistance, and training for organizations seeking to better serve people of all genders. He has worked with medical and mental health care providers, government agencies, nonprofits, social service organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and professional associations. He also speaks with dozens of college classes, civic groups, and faith-based organizations each year in an... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Soda Center - Lafayette Hall

3:15pm

Dads Group 2
How do dads meet the societal expectations of fatherhood while simultaneously meeting the unique needs of their gender-expansive child? What personal experiences, successes, fears and triumphs are unique to this complex role? This two-part workshop is designed to create an environment where dads can express themselves freely about the issues, concerns, strategies and ideas they have regarding being a father of a transgender or gender-expansive child. Through open and honest dialogue, fathers will be reminded that they are not alone and need to request and offer assistance and understanding to one another in order to better succeed in fulfilling the fatherhood role. This workshop will be held in two parts: an initial session Saturday morning followed by a chance to reflect on the entire conference at the end of the day Sunday.

Speakers
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Enrique Perez Grovas

Enrique Perez Grovas and his wife Isolda are parents of a seven year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered and facilitated a seminar in Lima, Peru specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 117

3:15pm

Seeking Support
Do you simply want to meet and talk with parents and caregivers with kids the same age as your own? Are you looking to share your own story and hear those of others? This workshop will give participants a chance to meet in small groups with others who may be facing similar challenges, asking similar questions, or seeking similar resources. My son tells me he wants to be a princess—now what? How can I make sure middle school is not a disaster for my gender-expansive child? What does it mean that my teen keeps wishing for a different body? While experienced facilitators will lead these discussions, these sessions will be open and informal spaces for sharing and connecting with others. An excellent way to build your own network of support, both during the weekend and beyond.

Sunday July 10, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 204

3:15pm

Unpacking & Contextualizing Gender: For Parents, Caregivers, and All Who Work with Gender-Expansive Youth
As parents and caregivers of transgender and gender-expansive youth we must understand our own relationship to gender. This presentation will use interactive exercises to look closely at the experience and development of gender identity, the language we use to describe ourselves and others, how gender gets communicated, and the impact of not fitting into the binary construction of gender. Intersections of identity and the experience of those with multiple levels of marginalization will be explored. Through this process we will better understand our own gender narrative and biases and move toward a better understanding of parental stages of understanding and acceptance, cultural and community issues, meeting the needs of your family, and how to advocate for your child in a transphobic climate.

Speakers
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Shawn V Giammattei, PhD

Clinical Psychologist/Owner, Quest Family Therapy
Shawn V. Giammattei, PhD is a clinical psychologist and gender specialist in private practice specializing in family therapy with individuals, couples, and families where one or more family members identify outside the gender binary. He is also a faculty at the CSPP/AIU where he teaches graduate level courses in LGBT mental health, transgender mental health, and family therapy. Dr. Giammattei is an active member of WPATH, Mind the Gap, a board... Read More →



Sunday July 10, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Soda Center - Orinda Hall

4:45pm

Parents Pick-up at preK, K-3, 4th/5th and MS Programs
Childcare + Pre-K: Justin Hall
K-3, 4/5: Sichel Hall 
Middle School: Cassin Student Union

Sunday July 10, 2016 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Justin, Sichel & Cassin