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2020 Gender Odyssey

June 18–21, 2020

San Diego, CA

Our conference schedule is in development and is subject to change. Additional sessions will be added.  Occasionally, a presenter has to cancel or a session needs to move from its scheduled day and time.  Please review as the conference dates near for any changes that may have occurred. 

Roller Coaster of Our Childrens's Mental Health

Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 9:35 AM–10:55 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
1 - Salon A/B
Workshop Description

It is often a wild ride understanding your child’s gender identity journey just to get to the point of transition. But we are often surprised as parents by continuous ups and downs they may experience for years after. That could be from different levels of dysphoria, anxiety, or even severe depression. During this session, we will have an open discussion for parents to talk about emotional health issues they have seen at different ages and stages, get suggestions on how to support their kids, and to support one another.

Workshop Presenter's Names

Debi Jackson
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Presenter Bio

Debi Jackson and her family live in Kansas City, Missouri. She became an advocate for transgender rights in 2014 when her speech about her daughter's transition at the age of 4 went viral. The "conservative Southern Baptist Republican from Alabama" now speaks on behalf of transgender children and their families around the world. Debi received the 2016 NEA GLBT Caucus Role Model Award for her contributions to education about the LGBTQ+ community. She trains schools on trans-inclusive policies and supporting students through their transitions.