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Lecture: Helping Parents Overcome Their Fears

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Ending The Standoff: Helping Parents Overcome Their Fears," and will be presented by Irwin Krieger.

Has conversation with your parents broken down since you told them you are transgender? When young adults come out, many parents are disbelieving, confused or afraid. Young people who are unhappy with their parents’ response may avoid further discussion. Families often end up having little productive communication, with all parties feeling misunderstood, unappreciated and unsupported. In this workshop I will offer strategies to address parental responses that lead to a family impasse. Participants who would like to share some of their own experiences and strategize about ending a standoff with their parents will be welcome to do so. Helping families reconnect is essential for the emotional well-being of transgender teens and young adults. You are welcome to attend, whether or not you have experienced this challenge in your own life.

Irwin Krieger, LCSW is a clinical social worker who has worked extensively with transgender teens and adults and their families. He is a graduate of Yale with an MSW from the University of Connecticut. Irwin was a 2013 recipient of the New Haven Pride Center’s Dorothy Award, for his service to the LGBT community in New Haven. Irwin provides training for mental health and health care professionals, as well as school personnel. He has presented at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, the Maine Academy of Family Physicians, Children’s Hospital in Boston, Yale University, Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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