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Saturday, October 1 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Making Gender Related Research Understandable: Critical Knowledge for Caregivers

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Parents and other caring adults are often called to defend the rationale for respecting the rights of transgender and nonbinary children and teens. In settings ranging from social media to courts, contradictory information is cited related to transgender and nonbinary youth. It can be challenging to assess the validity of these claims, some of which have implications harmful to young people. This session will help participants assess, understand and respond to some of the most often-cited research used to block gender-inclusive initiatives such as so- called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” and “desistance.” In addition, research on the positive impact of support from parents/caregivers, educators and other professionals, and peers will be highlighted. Come with questions and be ready to leave with some widely understandable research-based answers!

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Kim Westheimer

Director Research, Policy and Practice, Gender Spectrum
Kim Westheimer is the Director of Research, Policy and Practice for Gender Spectrum where she leads programming related to partnerships and research. Gender has been a recurring thread in her work: whether encouraging students to examine their own gender stories or developing systemic... Read More →

Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT