Designed for children and youth ministers as well as clergy (and all supportive adults), this workshop will help attendees better understand gender and the issues that face gender nonconforming children, youth, their families, and their communities.
In this interactive session, gender specialist Aidan Key will discuss child and adolescent gender nonconformity and identity formation, challenges faced by these children and their families, and strategies for support within the family, community, and society as a whole.
Aidan Key is a national leader in gender education. He is the Director of Gender Diversity, an education, support, and training organization committed to increasing awareness and understanding of the normal range of gender variations in children and teens. In 2001, Key founded the international Gender Odyssey conference held each summer in Seattle, WA. Additionally, he facilitates some of the only support groups in the nation for families raising transgender and gender nonconforming children at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Polyclinic Madison Center. Key offers trainings for youth-based agencies and organizations; medical and mental health providers; camps and after-school programs; and assists with trans youth policy development. His work has led to numerous speaking engagements, as well as TV, radio, and other media appearances.