Gender Transition: How Young is Too Young?
Raise Your Voice
Jenn Burleton and Kit Crosland, TransActive Gender Center
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 22 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Salon I

With stories of transgender children transitioning to live as their true gender becoming more common, people have asked, “They're so young, how can they know for sure this is what they want?” This concern is compounded by a myriad of seemingly contradictory messages being promoted by politically conservative individuals and organizations, pseudo-medical professional associations and groups driven by anti-transgender bias. This workshop will help those in PFLAG chapter leadership positions discern the misinformation from the facts, better understand the variables involved in childhood and adolescent gender transitions and how to advise and provide resources to families of transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents and teens between the age of 3-18.

Presenter Bios

Ms. Burleton has 20+ years working with and mentoring transgender youth and adults. An outspoken advocate on behalf of transgender and gender diverse children and youth, Jenn has played a primary role in raising local and national awareness of the challenges these children and their families face. She is a respected expert, visionary and leading thinker on gender identity and gender expression. In addition to her work with TransActive, Jenn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Equi Institute and provides guidance to the Oregon DHS LGBTQ Child Welfare Workgroup and the Children's Mental Health System Advisory Council. She has also served on the Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition Board of Directors, the GLBTQ Online High School Advisory Board, the PFLAG Transgender Network and the Trans Youth Equality Foundation. She has also been a member of the Basic Rights Oregon Trans Justice Workgroup. The group will research, deliberate on and design a multi-level policy strategy that can guide Basic Rights Oregon's work for transgender justice.

Kit Crosland is the Education program manager at TransActive Gender Center, based in Portland, Oregon. A long-time advocate, educator and creator of content on issues impacting the lives of gender diverse and transgender children and their families, Kit’s years of direct engagement as a facilitator and mentor have made him an invaluable part of the team at TransActive.  He coordinates TransActive’s “In A Bind” project, which has distributed well over 2,000 ergonomically safe binders to trans youth since 2012, and also a recipient of the coveted Skidmore Prize for his contributions to the success of non-profit organizations like TransActive.            

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