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Lecture: The Perspective of a Parent of a Transgender Child

Thursday, December 6, 2018
12:30pm – 1:45pm

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, "Growing Up Trans: from the perspective of a parent of a transgender child" and it will be presented by Micah Heumann (he/him/his) & Sara Heumann (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Raising a child who identifies as transgender presents many different challenges than raising a cisgender child. Micah and Sara’s son Daniel invited his parents in that he is transgender when he was seven years old (although Daniel knew this much earlier). Through this, the Heumanns, as a family, have overcome many obstacles, and learned a lot along the way. Please come to this discussion on raising a child who identifies as transgender, and hear their family’s story and ask your questions about the whole process. This will be an opportunity for attendees to ask the questions they have always wanted to ask, but have not had the appropriate forum to do so.

NB: The Heumann family was highlighted in the “Growing Up Trans” installment of the PBS’s show, Frontline. To view that episode, visit

Biographies: Micah Heumann, Master of Arts in Psychology, has previously served as president of Homestead Corporation, a non-profit creating affordable housing for low-income families and individuals, and Uniting Pride Center, a non-profit multi-service agency of the LGBTQ community of Champaign County, Illinois. He has collaborated in research identifying and bringing attention to microaggressions committed against domestic students of color in the Academic Advising environment and currently serves as an Academic Advisor in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students at UConn.

Sara Heumann, holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois, where she went on to work as a school social worker and house parent for teenage girls experiencing emotional difficulties. More recently Sara continued her work supporting others in child labor as a doula, gestational surrogate, and then later returned to school to pursue her interest in skin health. She happily takes care of her clients’ skin as a licensed esthetician at Hope and Wellness. Sara enjoys yoga, nature and spending time with her family, friends and animals. She and Micah have been married since 2002, and enjoys going to hear music together and taking hikes.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


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