How can our community support our transgender and nonbinary youth

Young woman with rainbow flag

North Jersey Pride hosts a discussion on June 8 to answer the questions we all have

Do you want to support your gender-expansive child, but don’t know quite how? Are you confused by the terminology? Do you have questions about gender transition, but don’t know who to ask?

Come to a free, educational panel, sponsored by North Jersey Pride, for a frank discussion about how to better understand and support transgender, non-binary and gender-expansive youth at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theater on Wednesday, June 8th at 6pm. The panel will also be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.

The discussion will feature experts in the field and parents and youth who have been through the journey and will share their experience and wisdom.

The panel includes:

Dr. Eunice Avilés (she/her), a trans and human rights advocate, educator, and policy influencer informed by 15+ years of clinical practice with a wide variety of trans, gender diverse and queer individuals across the lifespan.

Celeste Fiore (they/them), partner with Argentino Fiore Law & Advocacy as well as an LGBTQ educator, activist and one of very few out non-binary legal professionals.

Dr. Carol Irving (she/her), Atlantic Health Systems Director of Clinical Services and a fierce advocate for the trans community since her son came out as transgender seven years ago.

Amy Cox-Martins (she/her), a licensed social worker for 31 years, with specific training certificates in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, transgender mental and physical health and EMDR.

JP Pedoto, LSW (he/him), a proud transman and Program Coordinator and Clinician for Family Connections’ Pride+, a program that provides a safe space for middle and high school-age youth that identify within the LGBTQ community.

Amanda Simpson, MSW (she/them), a social worker who provides counseling to LGBTQ youth, most recently with NJCRI, and HMI-NJ before that.

Jane Buchanan (she/her), an international human rights advocate, investigator, trainer and proud mom of a 15-year-old trans son.

Jahki Easterling (he/him), an entrepreneur living East Orange, who would like to share more about his journey.

Ellie Munro, high school junior, South Orange

Landen Griola, high school freshman, West Orange

Moderator: Tara Benigno, LSW (she/her), a proud out clinician in private practice and is the Clinical Supervisor on the Psychiatric Adult Acute Inpatient Unit at Trinitas RWJ Barnabas Health. 

The panel will be held at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theater, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood and there is no charge to attend in person. You may also livestream: