Family Program

2013 Family Programming Track

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Friday

Don’t Sit On Our SOFFAs
Eleanor A. Hubbard, Cameron T. Whitley
Transgender people often encounter lifelong difficulties in explaining their transitional journeys. However, few trans people consider the lifelong challenges that significant others, family members, friends and allies (SOFFAs) experience when coming to terms with, and explaining their connection to, a transgender loved one. This workshop will engage trans folk and SOFFAs by discussing how we all can be better equipped as allies to provide support not just for our trans people, but also for their SOFFAs.

You’re Doing What?  Part 1
Facilitator: Patricia Brown Peterson
What do you say when your son says he’s really your daughter, or your sister says she’s really your brother? Or any other mind-bending “switch” for that matter? For many of us, understanding gender identity and our loved one’s decision to transition is uncharted territory. The “whys” we have in our heads can be scary and overwhelming. We sometimes make desperate attempts to understand the complexities of their new gender identity. In this first of two workshops, we will share our feelings, listen to each other’s experiences, and ask questions in a comfortable, confidential environment.   
Note: This is a closed, facilitated discussion for those of us who would like help, support, or simply a friendly ear in a confidential environment.  The focus of the discussion will be on issues related to non-trans-identified parents, siblings, children, and friends of trans people.
In-house programming.

Sunday

You’re Doing What?!  Part 2
Facilitator: Patricia Brown Peterson
This is a continuation of the closed, facilitated discussion for those whose family member (child, parent, sibling, or other family member) is transitioning. In this workshop, we will examine some of the issues and feelings that may arise as we, and our loved ones, reexamine the concept of gender identity. Some of these include feeling a sense of loss or confusion (i.e., losing a daughter even though you now have a son, or trying to understand concepts like “genderfluid”). What happens when we disclose too much to others, or perhaps not enough? How will we deal with others’ reactions or questions? How does our background or culture affect our feelings and views? Most importantly, we’ll examine the need for compassion and patience for ourselves and our loved one while we make this journey of discovery and change. Come join us for help and support in a confidential environment.    
Note:  You do not need to have attended the first session to participate in this workshop. This is a closed session for non-trans identified people.  
In-house programming.

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