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July 15, 2021, 06:30 PM

Increasing Acceptance of Trans & Gender Expansive Youth in Religious Families

A workshop session by Kelsey Pacha MA, MDiv

This training supports providers in helping caregivers who reject trans & gender expansive (T/GE) youth for religious and/or spiritual reasons. It is often difficult for professionals supporting queer and/or trans youth in care to know how to talk to caregivers, whether biological family, resource parents, clinical providers, or other caring adults, about the importance of acceptance and affirmation during and after a young person comes out. Rejection by caregivers and important adults have lifelong impacts on T/GE youth on individual and systemic levels. This training will discuss common anti-T/GE spiritual/religious beliefs and how to have conversations about caregivers’ values, beliefs, and practices that validate and respect them, while also supporting family acceptance for their T/GE children. Using resources from the Family Acceptance Project and the principles of non-violent communication, participants will practice having difficult conversations with rejecting caregivers and familiarize themselves with affirming faith-based resources that can be shared with caregivers.


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