This programming was abbreviated due to COVID and the virtual format. We are planning a much more robust program in 2022.
Join us from 1:30-2:00 pm: Stonewall-award winning trans author Kyle Lukoff will be talking about his books--picture books, early readers, and a debut middle grade ghost story. The kids will have an opportunity to request what book they would like to read and discuss. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
Join us from 2:00-2:30 pm: Join Jessica Love as she reads her award-winning picture book, Julián is a Mermaid. Translated into over a dozen languages, Julián is a Mermaid is a story about a boy and his Abuela. It is a story about being seen for who we are by someone who loves us. Bring paper and your favorite writing utensil as Jessica will show her audience how to draw a mermaid following the reading.
Celebrate the music of the Trans & Nonbinary Kids Mix with producer and musician Julie Be of Ants on a Log! We'll sing, dance, and be creative together in a joyful gender-affirming community. There will be two thirty minute sessions. Come for one or stay for all!
More About Ants On a Log:
The Trans & Nonbinary Kids Mix is a curated playlist of original songs by artists all over the gender map, celebrating life and offering transgender and nonbinary youth a reflection of their world.
Celebrate the music with an interactive virtual party, curated specifically for your organization/community and hosted by Julie Be of Ants on a Log. Kids and families will enjoy an hour full of singing, dancing, songwriting, and drawing, all inspired by songs from the Trans & Nonbinary Kids Mix."It can be difficult to engage young kids in a virtual group, but everyone was on their feet, dancing, singing along, and completely engaged throughout the event. Our families loved it!"-Shepard Verbas, Assistant Director of Programs and Services, The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center
Ask a Doc: In this session, we will cover some information about puberty blockers and gender affirming hormones used for youth. We will open the session up for any and all questions both in an anonymous forum and also in an open question and answer session. This is YOUR chance to ask about all the things you have read about or friends have told you about and wonder if it's really true or just a myth. Open to middle and high schoolers only.
Dr. Elyse Pine, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Chase Brexton Health Care
Advocacy 101 Workshop for Youth and Young Adults: Advocacy is a common tool that is used in order to advance the rights of many, including the LGBTQ+ community. But what does advocacy actually look like? This session will explore the various types and principles of advocacy, along with explaining why it is important and how you can begin your advocacy journey. Learn how powerful voices of people with lived experiences can change the future for the better. This is a hands on workshop which will provide you with the tools you need in order to create change.
Ezra Halstead (Facilitator) Director of Education and Outreach, FreeState Justice and Madi Welder Online Training and Engagement Specialist, FreeState Justice