Aired Jan 20, 2022
Hug Your Trans and Nonbinary Loved Ones Tight
Transgender and nonbinary youth are at heightened risk for anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Parental support and affirmation helps to mitigate those risks. This episode of Something To Talk About Live, we will be discussing Kerry Breen article on TODAY.com, “What parents can learn from ‘Sex and the City’ sequel talk about gender identity” with Laura and Jane Noury, whose story was recently featured in the Prime Video docuseries Always Jane.
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.
We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, January 20. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!
Article: What parents can learn from ‘Sex and the City’ sequel talk about gender identity
Author: Kerry Breen
Questions for Discussion:
Honestly speaking, what do you think your first reaction would be if a child who you cared for told you that they were transgender or nonbinary? What would be the first thing that you’d say to them? Do you think what you said and how you were feeling would be in alignment?
One of the points made in the article is that you should “follow your child’s lead.” What does this mean to you? What do you think it might entail? How do you think that you’d navigate the conversation if what the child wanted and what you thought best were very different?
A guideline that experts suggest is to help children navigate school systems after they have disclosed about their identity. What issues do you think might arise? If you don’t feel prepared to handle the situation solo, where might you be able to go to get help?
Bonus read: Check out ‘It’s not just about being trans’: Always Jane is a moving, intimate portrait of late adolescence which appeared in The Guardian by Adrian Horton.
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