Transgender Children Face Unique Challenges
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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 7, 2007
Families with gender variant and transgender children will find a wealth of information and support at Gender Odyssey's first national conference focused specifically on them. The ground-breaking conference will be held Aug. 31 -- Sept. 2, 2007 at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle. At this event, families with kids who do not conform to society's traditional gender expectations can connect with each other, while having access to national experts in the field of gender variance.
Stephanie Brill, conference program director, will be sharing her wealth of expertise on the subject. "Most of us haven't yet considered the idea of gender as reaching beyond male or female," Brill said. "Gender variations exist---influenced by genetics and brain chemistry---and shaped by our culture, customs, and beliefs."
Gender Odyssey is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of normal gender variations, and that dedication has drawn national attention. In the past month alone, Gender Odyssey has been a resource for the Barbara Walters 20/20 special, "Transgender Children Face Unique Challenges," about families raising gender variant children, and in Newsweek, featuring the cover story, "The Mystery of Gender." Both stories agree that gender is much more complex than just anatomy, and that the "...new visibility of transgender America is shedding light on the ancient riddle of identity" (Newsweek, May 21, 2007).
Conference organizer and transgender activist Aidan Key explains, "No single child is alike, and for gender variant kids, this opportunity can help solidify who they are, as well as who they are not." Aidan and his twin sister Brenda Chevis are dedicated to helping gender variant people of all ages, appearing worldwide on shows such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and Larry King Live."
This new family conference grew out of Gender Odyssey, a national five-year-running annual conference focusing on the needs of transmen, genderqueers and others who are gender-variant. Gender Odyssey is open to all and the presence and participation of families, partners and allies is integral to the success of both conferences.
CONTACT: Stephanie Brill or Aidan Key, Gender Odyssey-Family, 1122 E Pike St #796 Seattle, WA 98122. Call (206) 329-1624 or email: info @ genderodysseyfamily.com