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LGBTQ+ Parent/Community Member Meeting
October 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Do you parent a young person under the age of 26 who feels like they don’t fit society’s norms on gender or sexuality? Or maybe they already identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer LGBTQ+? Or maybe you are a coach or neighbor and wish you had a better understanding of how to support them?
Join us for Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Young Person:
- Address common myths
- Get resources to help you understand and support your child
- Meet others who want to help
I grew up in rural towns. Living in small towns can magnify the feelings of being accepted or rejected because differences are more visible in a tight knit community. Both of my children now identify as queer. When my daughter first came out, stigma was the basis of what I knew about LGBTQ issues. All I had ever wanted was for my children to be safe, healthy, happy and connected to family. Their sexuality/gender did not affect that. I am grateful for those who shared with me so I could care for my kids in the way they needed. I look forward to working with the young people and parents alike.
Matthew Dawson (they/them) is joining me as a trainer. He is a recent college graduate focusing their studies on neuroscience. “Early in my life it became apparent that typical gender roles just weren’t for me. Although full of bumps and turns, my path led to a supportive and understanding community around me.” Their degree in neuroscience allows for a deeper comprehension of the importance of brain states and how trauma can be held in the body. Matthew is particularly excited about connecting with LGBTQ+ youth and listening to their stories.