BY BTL STAFF
WEST BLOOMFIELD – Beginning at 7 p.m., May 14 and running every second and fourth Thursday of the month, Temple Israel will host a Parent Support Group for guardians of trans youth.
Parent support is extremely important and beneficial to the mental and physical health of any youth. However, having guardian and community support is crucial for trans youth.
Seventy-eight percent of trans youth experience harassment and 80 percent of trans youth feel unsafe at school. If a youth returns to an accepting and affirming home, the less likely they are to experience extreme depression and even suicide. According to statistics from the Williams Institute, only 15 percent of trans youth without parental support described their mental health as “very good” or “excellent” compared to the 70 percent of trans youth with parental support.
Roz Keith, transgender advocate, Ally Moms creator and founder of “Stand With Trans,” will join this ongoing group intended to give parents of transgender youth a place to learn, share and better understand what it means to raise a transgender child. The group will offer a safe and warm environment to share and discover how to travel this journey.
Temple Israel is located at 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield.