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Sunday, July 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Parenting and Advocating for Gender-Expansive Youth

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Much of the conversation about gender diversity focuses on the needs of transgender young people. Yet a growing number of children and youth are asserting an identity or presenting themselves in ways outside of the traditional boy/girl binary. Rather than switching boxes, they are defining their own or rejecting them entirely. Supporting these young people brings a variety of challenges that are unique. In a society designed around the gender binary, working with institutions such as schools or sports leagues, communicating with family members, and navigating traditions and rituals can all be exhausting. This session will explore the many ways that non-binary, gender-expansive youth need specific support and resources to preserve their authentic sense of self, as well as ways for families and caregivers to navigate this uncertain terrain.

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Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

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