Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
What Keeps Me Up Nights: Parents of Gender Expansive Kids
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Lester Young B
Raising gender-expansive children or teenagers 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 caregivers working to understand, accept, or support their child’s gender expression or identity, 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 perhaps come to conclusions that might prove helpful as you seek to better understand your child and their gender journey.
Catherine Hyde, PFLAG National Board, PFLAG Columbia-Howard County
Catherine Hyde has worked in social justice for 20 years. She did not listen to her child when he, at age four, told her that something had gone wrong in her belly and that he was supposed to be a she. She did not understand gender identity until PFLAG educated her; and it was PFLAG that provided the support her family needed on their gender journey. Today, Catherine speaks and trains on transgender understanding and sensitivity; she is focused on sharing resources to help all PFLAG chapters support their trans and gender creative children and families. She serves on PFLAG’s National Board of Directors and has testified before the Transgender Task Force of the U.S. Senate's LGBT Caucus on safety issues facing trans youth.