A Conversation with Dr. Jenifer McGuire

A Conversation with Dr. Jenifer McGuire


Dr. Jennifer McGuire I am a professor and family social science and an Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota. I’m so excited this year for the Military Families Learning Network annual conference – Cultural Competency, Awareness, Action and Advocacy. [Narrator] We are excited to have Dr. McGuire presenting a session on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Within Families during our 2018 virtual conference. Now let’s hear a little more from Dr. McGuire about the importance of this topic. [Dr. McGuire] This topic is important for professionals, for all professionals because the issue of gender environment is true for every family the vast majority of gender minority and sexual minority persons are born and raised in families with heterosexual cisgender parents – that is most gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender kids have parents who are heterosexual and cisgender. Participants can look forward to this session because they will learn something about working with family members about sexual orientation and about gender identity and expression, and how to talk openly about those topics with all families before families come in with issues about sexual orientation and gender identity and families. For instance, the family gender environment is something that starts early in childhood and continues through childhood and adolescence and it’s something that all families seek to develop and work through with their children. Some of the common issues surrounding this topic that need to be addressed are why you might want to think through this and work with families about this, and how families might seek to create an inclusive gender environment for their children. A tool that we can we can work through now is to talk about how you might talk with gender about your children and how you talk with gender about your families. At this time do you appreciate their gender expression? Do you ask families about the gender environment that their children live in and the gender environment that families create? Is this something that you feel comfortable talking with families about? Do you have questions that you’d like to discuss at this time? [Narrator] We invite you to join us September 19th at 1:30 p.m. Eastern for this session where we encourage you to ask questions, contribute your thoughts, ideas and experiences, and connect with colleagues across the globe. You can RSVP for this virtual conference by visiting MilitaryFamiliesLearningNetwork.org/2018VirutalConferenc slash 2018 virtual conference continuing education credits and certificates of completion will be available for select sessions

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