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2018 Gender Odyssey

June 21–24, 2018

Los Angeles, California

Fertility Issues for Youth and Adults: Puberty Blockers, Hormones, and Decision-Making through the Lens of Family-Building Options

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM–12:20 PM PDT
Rm 607
Workshop Description

In our practices, more trans individuals are coming to us with the desire to have their own biological children. For those who have not had gonadectomy, this is a reality: transgender women are contributing their sperm and transgender men are getting pregnant and giving birth. This session will explore current and future options for transgender youth making choices about puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy. We focus on the process of making decisions about the timing of medical interventions from the perspective of future fertility, considering the viewpoints of youth and parents or guardians who will be giving legal consent for interventions, as well as considerations for older transgender individuals.

Conference Track
Medical (Seattle only)

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Workshop Presenters

Jennifer Hastings
Presenter Bio

Jen Hastings, MD, assistant clinical professor at the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine and founding director of the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, is actively involved in supporting transgender services around the country. Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team and is involved in the integration of behavioral health, primary care, mindfulness, and medicine. Jen is a member of the medical advisory board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health which works to increase medical access and understanding about the gender journey.

Mr. Alexander Chen, JD, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Presenter Bio

Alexander Chen works at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where he advances trans rights through litigation and policy advocacy. He graduated from Oxford University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first openly trans Harvard Law Review editor and worked at the DOJ, ACLU, and National Center for Transgender Equality. He clerked on the Ninth Circuit and S.D. Cal. In 2018, Alexander was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy.