Sponsored: Farmington Hills workshop supports transgender youth, parents

Farmington Hills-based Stand With Trans will host a day-long workshop on Saturday, October 6 designed to support transgender youth, gender expansive kids, and their parents.

The workshop will be held at Orchard United Methodist Church, 30450 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.; sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. The day concludes at about 4:30 p.m.

Stand With Trans founder Roz Keith said the event theme is “I am”.

“We want to get out the message that we are all so much more than our genders,” she said.

Jennifer Miracle Best
Jennifer Miracle Best

Keynote speaker Jennifer Miracle-Best, author of Divinely Queer, worked in the student affairs office at Central Michigan University and as Director of the LGBT Resource Center at The University of Georgia. She has since left that position to pursue her dream of reaching a larger audience with her story.

Workshop sessions for parents include:

  • Social and medical transition, with Daniel Shumer, M.D. and Antonia Caretto, Ph.D.
  • Therapy – How to find it and when is it appropriate, with Dr. Nicole Law
  • Sexual Health and talking to your transgender teen, with Stephanie Lange and Patrick Horton
  • Panel discussion: Faith and your trans child – is it either or?
  • Panel discussion: Parenting a young gender expansive child – play dates, clothing, school, and more

“The variety of sessions will appeal to parents with kids of varying ages and at varying stages of transition and coming out,” Keith said.

Young people may attend any of 15 sessions offered throughout the day. Topics include:

  • Dating and coming out – ages 16-plus, with Anthany Beasely, MSW
  • Art Therapy, with Kelly Darke, certified art therapist and educator
  • Dealing with Law Enforcement, with Officer Dani Woods, Detroit Police Department
  • Struggling with self-harm, with Nick Zielke, LMSW

For the young child, there will be a morning and afternoon book reading and conversation, an art project connected to the theme, free play indoors and out (weather permitting).

Registration is required at http://standwithtrans.org/upcoming-events/2018-workshop/. Children and youth attend free. The cost for parents is $25, but partial and full subsidies are available. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Learn more at standwithtrans.org or facebook.com/standwithtrans.

Stand With Trans workshop