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Aired May 18, 2023

Affirming and Celebrating Ourselves

Affirming and celebrating ourselves—especially when we are still learning, growing, and discovering who we are—can be tough. As we discover more about how we relate to the world around us it is easy to shy away from change, and forget to prioritize our needs. It is in those moments that the way we feel about ourselves, and the unconditional love of our parents, family members, friends, and allies can quite literally save our lives.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, May 18. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Article: How I nurtured my trans nonbinary child’s path — and learned to grow with him

Source: The Los Angeles Times

Author: Rebecca Brenner

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The author shares some data about the number of trans and nonbinary people who access pubertal suppression as youth and surgeries as adults. Based on what you’ve heard about these issues lately, do any of those numbers surprise you? Why or why not?
  2. How do you think having visible role models like Alok Vaid-Menon, Jonathan Van Ness and Jeffrey Marsh impacts young people like E? What can we do to ensure that young people continue to have access to voices like theirs?
  3. What can parents, caregivers, and allies do to help others understand, and feel comfortable with, fluidity when it comes to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression?

Bonus Resources: Check out Jeffrey’s new book, releasing on May 16th, and available for order now, “Take Your Own Advice.”

About Our Guests:

As a best selling author and social media creator with over a billion views, Jeffrey Marsh creates authentic content that carries their mission of positivity, inclusion, respect, and self-healing to all. As an LBGTQ activist, Marsh is among the world’s foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, with a deep knowledge of queer history and issues. Jeffrey aims to bring greater understanding, encouragement and hope to those who may be struggling with their own identity, or knows someone who is.

Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.