First Event: GBPFLAG Trans Youth & Family Day

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED US!

 First Event 2022: Youth & Family Track

(scroll down for event schedule and workshop descriptions)

As announced on December 23rd, First Event 2022 is significantly scaled down because of rising COVID cases, although you can join them virtually via Facebook livestream for events Friday and Saturday nightWhile we are disappointed that First Event 2022 is not happening the way it was envisioned due to the current surge in the pandemic, we are proud to have hosted virtual Trans Youth and Family Day on January 15th, 2022.

This programming is free with a suggested donation of “give what you can”. If you registered before 01/14 and did not receive any emails, please reach out to youth.familyday@gbpflag.org and we can help resolve the issue. 

Greater Boston PFLAG has been participating in First Event since 2014 and we would like to acknowledge the history, dedication, and support that comes from our volunteers and community to allow us to make this important programming available to everyone who attends, especially trans, nonbinary, and gender questioning youth and their families.

Registration is required to attend. Closed captions were available for all sessions. We will send out recordings and resources to all currently registered participants in approximately a week after the event. 

2022 Trans Youth & Family Day Schedule

Closed captions will be available. Registration is required.
(Final as of 01/15)

Download this schedule as a PDF

10:00 – 11:00am Social Event: Parent & Caregiver Meetup

moderated by Carol Caravana (she/her), Greater Boston PFLAG Support Group Facilitator 

Get to know other parents & caregivers of trans, nonbinary, gender expansive, and gender questioning children of all ages – from youth through adult. You will have a chance to ask questions and learn some of the new terminology you may hear your child or their friends using. 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.

11:00 – 12:30pm * Doctors Panel: Blockers, Hormones, Medical Procedures –  What is best for my Child?

moderated by Athena Edmonds (she/her), Greater Boston PFLAG Facilitator & Helpline Volunteer 

Panelists: Stephanie Roberts, MD –  GeMS at Boston Children’s Hospital; Mandy S. Coles, MD, MPH  CATCH at Boston Medical Center; Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH – Sidney Borum Jr. at Fenway Health; Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD   MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital); Drew Cronyn, MD, FAAP  Transhealth Northampton (learn more)

In a unique opportunity, join and meet a panel of five Boston-area doctors from top medical institutions in the nation who will provide an overview of their programs which support transgender youth. Keep in mind it is never too early or too late to be educated about blockers, hormones, and what medical interventions are appropriate, if any, and when for transgender youth. There will be time to ask anonymous questions in the Zoom chat.

12:30 – 2:00pm   Lunch and Learn: Get to Know Greater Boston PFLAG + An Update on Our Advocacy Work

moderated by Julia Paget (she/her), Greater Boston PFLAG Communications Manager

This Lunch and Learn session will open with time for you to eat lunch, interact, and watch. After some time to relax, we will share a brief overview of Greater Boston PFLAG through our areas of support, education, and our work in advocacy with a particular focus on Massachusetts.

2:00 – 3:30pm  * Doctors Panel: Mental Health Resources to Help Your Child and Family with Emotional Support

moderated by Athena Edmonds (she/her), Greater Boston PFLAG Facilitator & Helpline Volunteer

Panelists: Kerry McGregor, PsyD – GeMS at Boston Children’s Hospital; Erin Peterson – CATCH at Boston Medical Center (BMC); Aude Henin, PhD – Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Blaise Aguirre, MD – McLean Hospital (learn more)

In a unique opportunity, join and meet four Boston-area doctors from top medical institutions in the nation. Learn more about mental health in trans youth, supporting and recognizing youth in crisis, and hear about the range of options and expectations offered by different institutions. There will be time to ask anonymous questions in the Zoom chat.

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This programming offered for free, with a suggested donation of “give what you can”.

Your support enables us to continue our work towards a world in which LGBTQ+ individuals are safe, supported, included, and equal in their families, in their communities, and in society.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their time, experience, and dedication each year in making the Youth & Family Track (or, for the past two years, the Virtual Trans Youth And Family Day) a reality. We especially recognize the fantastic work by our volunteers around TYFD2022! They are an integral part of the planning and facilitating/moderating team and this year, they have been critical enabling this event to adapt to move forward virtually.

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Trans Community of New England

TCNE’s mission is connecting transgender people and those who love us with community and resources to help us all live authentic and full lives. First Event is hosted by TCNE and is one of the longest running conferences in the U.S. for transgender and gender expansive people and those who love and support them.

For questions about First Event and your registration, please visit the official First Event website. 

If you registered with First Event and are interested in the Youth & Family Track, please be sure to register directly with us to attend the modified GBPFLAG Youth & Family Day.

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