Understanding what transgender means, from a parent’s perspective

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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Giselle Bloch, about understanding what transgender means, from a parent’s perspective. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Understanding words used in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, such as transgender and cisgender, non binary and pronouns they/them.
  • The difference between gender identity and sexuality.
  • Giselle’s personal experience as a parent of a transgender son.
  • The stages of transition for transgender folks.
  • Some of the uncomfortable questions people have asked Giselle along the way and advice on a sensitive way to discuss a child transitioning with their parent.
  • How to guide a transgender adult child to advocate for themselves and how to educate family members – grandparents, for example, who might not understand or might be judgemental.
  • Support systems that are in place for transgender youth and their parents/families.
  • How actors such as Jeffrey Tambor who played a transgender role on Transparent, Laverne Cox on Orange is the New Black and reality TV stars Caitlyn Jenner and Jazz on I Am Jazz helped to raise people’s awareness of what being transgender means.