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Gender Odyssey Family conference offers support for gender noncomforming and trans kids

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Gender Odyssey Family is an annual conference for families who are working to navigate the day-to-day realities of raising a gender nonconforming or transgender child. As one of the only opportunities in the country to find valuable resources, information and networking opportunities, Gender Odyssey Family provides real tools to support and encourage your child's gender self-discovery.

The conference includes three days of informational presentations, panel discussions and interactive forums where parents can explore the issues related to raising children who are gender non-conforming. Sessions are led by both leading experts in the field as well as family members who have navigated this journey with their own child.

One of the goals of the conference is to bring people together who have some shared experiences to decrease the sense of isolation that is often felt. The conference also provides opportunities for kids to connect with each other so they understand that they are not alone.

This year's event takes place from August 20 to 23 at the Washington State Convention Center. Conference passes are available on a sliding scale from $175 to $250, with teen passes for $75. This year's keynote speakers are transgender advocate, writer, and playwright Kate Bornstein and poet and writer Andrea Jenkins. Register here

For descriptions of the workshops as well as the presenters, visit genderodysseyfamily.org/workshops800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101

Editor's note: This updated article originally ran in July of 2013.

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