FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 17, 2016 – New York, New York) The Gender Conference East Conference aims to provide a safe and supportive space dedicated to addressing the needs of children and youth from across the gender spectrum, as well as their families and the professionals working with them. This 2 day convening will be at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 128 Frontage Road, Newark Airport, New Jersey on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 7:00am-7:00pm and Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 7:30am-6:00pm. It is being presented in partnership by the Gender and Family Project of The Ackerman Institute for the Family, PFLAG-Howard County, PFLAG-NYC, and Hetrick-Martin Institute.
The conference will feature a wide range of programming, such as:
- A professional symposium on legal, health care, mental health, schools, intersectionality, faith, legal, multi-disciplinary and research
- How to advocate for your children
- A separate track for elementary, middle, high school and young adults
This event is for accepting and supportive families, caregivers, and caregiving professionals.
About HMI: Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.
About PFLAG: Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 volunteer Regional Directors.
The Gender & Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family. GFP is part of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States.
Limited press passes are available.