First Event:  Youth & Family Track

Registration is now open for First Event 2022!

First Event is the well-known and long-running conference for transgender and gender expansive people and those who love and support them.This year First Event will take place from January 12-16, 2022  and will be held in-person at the Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston.

Greater Boston PFLAG is once more working with TCNE and community members to organize a specialized Youth & Family Track, hosted on Saturday, January 15th! More information will be available soon – you can check out the kind of workshops we hosted last year below!

Last Year’s Workshop Descriptions

Sessions marked with an * are recorded for later

Although the mental health and medical panels are targeted to parents and caregivers, all attendees are welcome. Youth may attend at their parent/caregivers at their discretion.

9:00–9:15am. Introduction to GBPFLAG Trans Family and Youth Day by Sunnie Kaufmann-Paulman, Executive Director of GBPFLAG

Come to learn about GBPFLAG and current services including support groups for parents/caregivers of gender questioning or transgender offspring.

 9:30–10:15 am. Parent Meetup by Carol Caravana: GBPFLAG Group Facilitator and Tracy Mckay: GBPFLAG Program Manager

Getting to know other parents/caregivers of gender questioning and trans youth and adult children. Also, a chance to ask questions and learn some of the new terminology our youth use. Breakout rooms will be used for short periods of time to provide smaller group interactions. This workshop will be private and will not be recorded.

10:30–11:45 a.m.  Boston GLASS QTPOC Teen Affinity Group –  facilitated by Kamar Porter and Sol Martinez Guevara 

Boston GLASS will be hosting an open and grounding affinity space, for queer and trans youth of color up to ages 25. In this space, two facilitators will provide some grounding exercises to bring intention to the gathering and provide some bonding activities to get to know one another. From there, the space will be open to connecting with one another over circumstances, reflections, or experiences that the group would like to share with each other. This will also be a space to ask questions or inquiries about Boston GLASS services if needed. Please reach out with inquiries, comments, or concerns to one of the facilitators, Sol Martinez Guevara (Outreach Specialist) at smartinezguevara@jri.org. 

10:30–11:45am. *Medical Panel: Blockers, Hormones, Medical Procedures – What is best for my Child?  – moderated by Athena Edmonds  

All parents and youth are welcome. A panel of Boston area doctors, listed below, will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender youth. Keep in mind it is never too early or too late to be educated about blockers, hormones, and other possible medical innovations or when no medical innovations are appropriate for transgender youth. There will be time to ask anonymous questions in the Zoom chat.

  • Ralph Vetter, MD, MPH: Medical Director of Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health
  • Stephanie Roberts, MD: Attending Physician Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital, GeMS Clinic; Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Ariel Frey- Vogel, MD, MAT – Pediatric provider in the MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital) Transgender Health Program and the Director of Child and Adolescent Services 
  • Mandy S Coles, MD, MPH: Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine; Child and Adolescent Transgender/gender Center for Health otherwise known as CATCH at Boston Medical Center
  • Athena Edmonds, Advocate for LGBTQ Youth, speaker, and writer. Her focus is advocacy in medical institutions to address LGBTQ healthcare disparities.

12:00–1:00 p.m. *Lunch and Learn: Trans Folks- ”Who We Are” moderated by Val Overton, LexPride 

BIPOC young adults with a wide range of trans identities will tell their stories, engage in a panel discussion, and answer questions.   

  • Candace Nguyen (she/her), a Clinical Coordinator at Fenway Health. Candace holds several identities: Vietnamese American and trans woman. 
  • Elijah Oyenuga (he/him), a speaker and educational activist who offers educational sessions on LGBT and trans topics. Elijah holds several identities: Black, immigrant from Nigeria, and trans man. 
  • Noah Stang-Osborne (they/them), a speaker, activist, member of LexPride’s Board of Directors, and art therapy student at Lesley College. Noah holds several identities: Black, disabled, trans, and queer. 
  • Parker Morii-Sciolla (they/them), a speaker, cosplay aficionado, and architecture student at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Parker holds several identities: Japanese-American, Italian-American, and trans (nonbinary, agender). 
  • Raffi Freedman-Gurspan (she/her), Deputy Director at All On The Line, an organization that works to end gerrymandering. Previously she was a director and policy advisor at the National Center for Transgender Equality and Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement at the White House. Raffi holds several identities: Lenca (indigenous) Honduran immigrant, American, Jewish, and trans woman. 
  • Valerie Overton (she/her) is President of LexPride, an inclusive nonprofit organization that fosters equality for all kinds of queer people. Having been a civil rights and social justice activist for 50 years, Valerie is intentional about honoring and including all our intersectionalities. Her identities include lesbian, cisgender parent of transgender young adult, white, disabled, mixed class, non-religious, and human.

1:15–2:30 p.m. *Mental Health Panel – Resources to Help Your Child and Family with Emotional Support – moderated by Athena Edmonds 

All parents and youth are welcome. A panel of Boston area doctors, listed below, will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender youth and their families. Come with questions and learn about how to support your child and family. There will be time to ask anonymous questions in the Zoom chat.

  • Blaise Aguirre, MD: Medical Director, 3East Continuum, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital
  • Aude Henin, PhD:, Co-Director, MGH Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry 
  • Erin Peterson, Clinical Social Worker in the Adolescent Primary Care Clinic at Boston Medical Center in the Child and Adolescent Transgender/gender Center for Health otherwise known as CATCH at Boston Medical Center
  • Athena Edmonds, Advocate for LGBTQ Youth, speaker, and writer. Her focus is advocacy in medical institutions to address LGBTQ healthcare disparities.

1:15–2:30 p.m. OutMetroWest Middle School Meet-Up – facilitated by Kay Gordon

We’ll play some fun interactive games to get to know each other and then have time to hang out. Open to middle school students.

2:30-3:45 p.m. OutMetroWest High School Meet-Up  – facilitated by Kay Gordon
We’ll play games to get to know each other, then reflect on the day and have lots of time to  hang out! Open to high school students.

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