Navigating the Human Barrier
After a parent’s realization that their child is gender diverse—but often before they have had a chance to catch their breath—the question of how to navigate disclosure to others—schools/family/friend/church/neighbors—looms large and immediate. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and even other parents may put up some resistance to taking inclusive steps, often struggling to determine the school’s role in the transition process. Principals may say, “Why should we do all this for one student?” Or they may ask a bewildered parent, “Just tell us what to do.” Neighbor families may wonder how to discuss this with their children. Extended family members may challenge/question your parenting. Faith, political, cultural and geographical differences can complicate the conversations further. We will explore the origins of this resistance and some concrete steps for navigating a successful student transition. Content discussed will include: how to field the “bathroom question”; age-appropriate ways to talk to children; proactive addressing of concerns from other parents; and other ways to framing trans issues for those within a school community.
This session will provide parents with important information for navigating these barriers as they work to create an a stronger supportive community for their child. Facilitated by Aidan Key.