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2018 Gender Odyssey

June 21–24, 2018

Los Angeles, California

Helping Your Gender-Expansive Child with Teasing

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PDT
Workshop Description

Teasing is a part of the sub-culture in schools and within peer relationships. Those raising gender-expansive youth often want to protect their child from this, and prevent it from happening at all. Unfortunately, this often translates to asking the child to change something about themselves. In this workshop, we will explore how to empower and support your gender-expansive child. We will be discussing specific tools parents can use to both stay connected to their children and stay informed about what is going on socially, as well as learn how parents can build the child's ego strength and teach their children how to respond to any teasing that may occur.

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Darlene Tando
Presenter Bio

Darlene Tando, LCSW, has a private practice in San Diego and has been working with transgender youth and adults since 2006. She writes a blog ( about the many facets of gender and gender transition. Darlene is a proponent of the Informed Consent model and believes the individual is the “expert” on one’s own gender identity. Her role is to make the journey easier. Darlene recently authored the book The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Gender Identity: A Mindful Approach to Embracing Your Child’s Authentic Self.