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Sunday, July 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Identity Safe Parenting: New Perspectives on Supporting Our Gender-Expansive Youth

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All parents have hopes and dreams for their children. For many, the first is for them to feel safe and welcome and to become happy and productive people in the world. How can we, as parents and caregivers responsible for their safety and well being, better support our gender-expansive children to live their dreams? Join us for a lively exploration of gender and identity from the point of view of a parent of LGBTQ children and from being an LGBTQ child of a non-LGBTQ parent. Find out how to foster identity safety, the feeling of being valued and appreciated for who you are, no matter your background, identity, or experience. Share ways to support your children and to advocate for their safety at school and in their community. Learn ways to take action to help make your child’s environments become more welcoming and inclusive for all children.


Cassandra Belson, MS

Cassandra Belson, MS is the Executive Assistant at Not In Our Town. Cassandra worked as a community organizer for migrant rights in Arizona before earning a Master of Science in Community Development in 2013 from UC Davis for a project titled "La Resistencia: Living Resistance in the Arizona Borderlands." In 2008, she co-founded a non-profit that worked with the Alianza Para Desarrollo Autogestivo cooperative in Juárez, Mexico to provide... Read More →

Mazique Bianco, BA

Mazique Bianco, BA is a radical queer, trans, brown and disabled dancer, theorist, sexuality educator, and performance art activist based in Oakland. They are a member of the art collectives Poppers Creek and Iconostasis. They received their BA from Hampshire College in 2012 with concentrations in disability studies, dance performance, and cultural/critical theory. They are currently working as a freelance writer and choreographer, and gender... Read More →

Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD

Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD is the Director of Not In Our School (NIOS), and is a mother of two lesbian daughters and a straight son. She has spoken on preventing bullying across the United States. Becki's book, “Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn,” co-authored with Dr. Dorothy Steele was published by Corwin Press. Becki spent over 35 years in public education in California. She was a preschool director, principal... Read More →

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

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