First Event: Youth & Family Program
Jan 28 at 9 AM to Jan 29 at 5 PM
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
181 Boston Post Rd W.
Marlborough, MA 01752
Join us for First Event’s Youth and Family Program! First Event is one of the largest Transgender conferences in New England. The Youth and Family Program will take place from Saturday, January 28th to Sunday, January 29th. Saturday programming will begin at 9:00AM and go until 8:00PM, while Sunday programming will start at 9:00AM and go until 5:00PM.
We have a large, very enthusiastic group of team members from Greater Boston PFLAG helping to organize the Youth and Family program this year, bringing with them loads of new and exciting programs.
For everyone, SCHOLARSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Apply here
For parents and youth, there will be panels of world renowned physicians and clinicians to answer any questions you may have about navigating the medical and mental health world.
The medical panel can answer questions like:
- My child has come out to me as
trans/gender queer/something else and I don’t know what this means.
Should I automatically be looking for specialized medical care?
- Could my child be too old or too young for transgender care?
- My child says they need medical intervention but I am apprehensive.
Will this be a good way to educate myself without having to make an appointment?
- What is the role of my pediatrician vs. a gender specialist?
- Do all clinics provide the same care?
- What types of medical affirmation are available?
The mental health panel can answer questions like:
- My child says they are trans. Are they really?
- If my child is trans, should I take them to see a therapist?
- My child says they are trans/gender queer/something else, I don’t know what that means.
- My child might be suicidal? Now what?
- How do I find a therapist in my area? Do I need a gender therapist?
- Do I need a therapist to access transgender medical care?
For youth, there will be opportunities for conversations around different identities through panels (where youth can ask their own questions about surgeries, hormones, and affirming care) and workshop topics which range from relationships and dating to poetry, and self care. Most prominently, we invite youth to come prepared with their poetry, songs, instruments, and most importantly their voices to express themselves at their very own COFFEE HOUSE on Saturday evening!
All parent programming is open to everyone.
For more information and to register, please go to firstevent.org.
Dr. Blaise Aguirre, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director at McLean Hospital’s 3East DBT-Continuum (http://www.3east.org/), Rachel Kahn, LMHC, Therapist Specialist at the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health and Maureen Mulhern, LICSW, a private therapist will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender youth and families. There will be time to ask questions and anonymous questions can be written on index cards at the beginning of the session. Come with questions and learn about how to support your child and family. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.
Dr. Ralph Vetters, Medical Director of Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health, Dr. Stephanie Roberts, Endocrinology Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital GeMS Clinic , and Dr. Lauren LaGrega a primary care pediatrician with Harvard Atrius will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender youth. All parents and youth are welcome. Keep in mind it is never too early or too late to be educated about one’s options for blockers, hormones and other possible medical innovations or when no medical innovations are appropriate for transgender youth. There will be time to ask questions and anonymous questions can be written on index cards at the beginning of the session. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.