Farmington Hills workshop empowers trans youth

Stand with Trans will host a one-day workshop in Farmington Hills on Saturday, Oct. 7 for transgender youth (ages 12-22), parents of trans individuals and gender-expansive children (ages 6-11).

With the theme “Express Yourself,” this expanded event is intended to give transgender kids a place to connect, explore creative outlets and take away skills that will empower them to feel more confident as they navigate an often-difficult journey.

“We created this day so transgender youth would have the opportunity to connect with others who are traveling along a similar path,” explained Founder Roz Keith. “They need to know that they are not alone. Helping (trans) kids to feel more confident and to be proud of who they are will, in the long run, strengthen families and contribute to the improved emotional well-being of the transgender youth community.”

The workshop will be held at the Orchard United Methodist Church and is free to all participants between the ages of 6 and 22. Lunch will be included; pizza provided by Dominos. The workshop format will offer youth a choice of sessions in each time slot. There are eight planned sessions/activities which will be run by transgender adults, advocates, and experts in their fields.

Young children may attend and participate in activities that will include art, stories and free play in the gym. Parents who register may attend all day as well. Several sessions are being planned such as: How to talk to your family doctor and local schools, Sexual health for trans teens and Your faith and your trans child, is it either or?

The workshop is presented by Springmatter of Ann Arbor. Event sponsors include Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Wentworth Associates, Know Resolve, Inclusive Justice, Temple Israel, Ozone House of Ann Arbor, Zingerman’s and University of Michigan Comprehensive Gender Services. The Arbonne Charitable Foundation is providing personal care products for all youth (12-22) who attend.

To register for the event, visit standwithtrans.org/2017-workshop-registration/.