This is a virtual session in an ongoing 4-part series about supporting families with gender diverse children. Our focus will be on what “family” means within the context of the trans* and gender fluid life. We welcome families of all flavors – birth, adoptive, chosen – and family members of all ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
In this session we will explore the many ways that families respond to gender variance (trans and gender non-conforming). We will look at how gender variance develops from biology to society and see how family can nurture or harm gender development. Guidance will be offered on positive ways to respond to a gender variant family member including children and adults.
Whether you are new to the TGNC world or not, Dr. Erin Swenson can bring new insight into your life and family relationships. Erin Swenson, Th.M., Ph.D., is an ordained Presbyterian minister and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. For over 25 years, Dr. Swenson has worked with people who are dealing with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) issues, many within the context of their immediate and extended families. She has presented across the country in scores of universities and conferences.
The Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy presented her with the Outstanding Service to the State Award in 1995. Her story has been followed by local and national media ( Newsweek , Nov. 6, 1996) after her successful defense of her Presbyterian ordination in 1996. She became the first known mainstream minister to change gender and remain in good standing with her denomination. She is a triathlete enjoying both the training and competitions. Dr. Swenson continues to practice in Decatur, Georgia; and she appreciates warm and supportive relationships with both her natural and her chosen families.
Until we can gather again in person on the mountain, Kirkridge will be offering free virtual programming that is open to all. Your support of Kirkridge helps sustains us. We will be grateful to receive donations in any amount. Click here to donate.