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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. 

Resources for the Journey

Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM–Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
5 - Sierra 5
Workshop Description

Everyone has a beginning to their journey. Whether it was watching your 3-year-old son pick out the princess backpack or being completely blind-sided by your teenager who announces they want to change their name and pronouns, we all begin the never-ending hunt for useful information. What do you google? Who do you tell? How do you know what to say? This workshop will intertwine reflections of our own journeys as parents of trans kids with resources we used in the early days and continue to find invaluable. We will help you navigate online support groups (yay, Facebook!), highlight school materials to prepare you for the inevitable meeting, suggest positive role models for your child on social media, and show you where to find stories of other parents just like you. Whether it’s the beginning of your journey, or years into navigating the world with your transgender or gender questioning child, this workshop will help prioritize the most helpful resources available.

Primary Contact

Ali Munshi, TransFamily Support Services

Workshop Presenter's Names

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Ali Munshi, TransFamily Support Services
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Presenter Bio

Ali Munshi is a former teacher, military spouse and mom to two teens--one cisgender and one transgender. She's been an LGBTQ advocate and educator in VA and Alabama. Ali helped start the first GLSEN Chapter in AL, joined the PFLAG Huntsville board, brought a chapter of Trans Family Support Services to Huntsville and co-facilitates its parent support group. She has advocated for trans students in both elementary and high schools.

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Vanessa Nichols
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Vanessa Nichols is the mom of an amazing transgender son, living in southwest Florida. Vanessa is a writer, a business owner, and a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. She is the founder of a fundraising project called The Trans Love Project, raising funds for small LGBTQ+ organizations throughout the U.S. Vanessa is a member of PFLAG, the communications director of her county's Stonewall Democrats Caucus, and volunteers for her local LGBTQ+ youth center.

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