Temple Israel Hosts Non-Binary Discussion


WEST BLOOMFIELD - An upcoming event co-sponsored by Stand with Trans and Temple Israel will discuss what it means to be non-binary and gender non-conforming at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Toni Caretto, Ph.D., clinical psychologist who works with gender variance, and Stephen L. Rassi, Ph.D., LMSW, a clinical social worker, will present "Gender: Wrapping Your Mind Around Diversity," a discussion on the gender spectrum and why some individuals don't identify as either male or female. The presentation will look at ways to acknowledge and work with misperceptions about gender and help to shift conceptualizations about non-binary people so that understanding and acceptance of gender creative or gender non-conforming identities becomes more normal.

"We are seeing more transgender kids move from a male or female identity to one of gender creative, gender fluid or non-binary. It's a difficult concept to understand, even for the most supportive and accepting parents," said Roz Keith, co-facilitator of the ongoing Parents of Transgender Children support group and founder of Stand with Trans.

Discussion is free and open to parents and families of trans children, educators, social workers, school counselors and anyone seeking out further information about the diverse gender spectrum.

Temple Israel is located at 5725 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield. To RSVP email Laura at Laura@temple-israel.org.

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