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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. 

God or Child?

Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM–Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
3 - Salon D
Workshop Description

For many parents, the realization that our child is transgender or gender diverse is accompanied by soul searching about how we and our child got to this point and some challenging questions concerning how to move forward. At a time when we may most need to turn to our faith and spiritual community for loving guidance and support, we may encounter just the opposite. What happens when the belief system we've adhered to does not seem to have an accepting space for one of God's precious creations—our trans child? Share your experience with others navigating this particular journey of heart and soul.
Note: This session is limited to people from any faith or denomination who are parenting a trans or gender-diverse child.

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.