On Wednesday, October 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm, all are welcome to the presentation of Transgender Awareness & Advocacy: A North County Community Roundtable. It will be held at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive in Encinitas. The event is free.

Recently, transgender stories have come to the forefront in our media, but we still have much to learn about the unique experiences of the Trans* community and how to best support them. Join Jewish Family Service, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, and PFLAG North County Coastal to learn more about creating safe spaces and becoming visible allies. Parents, educators, leaders, and all adults who want to learn more about supporting our LGBTQ youth are encouraged to attend. Included will be the answers to questions people are sometimes afraid to ask: What terms should I use?, When does a child begin to understand their gender identity?, What does it mean to be an ally?, How can I create safe, inclusive spaces?, What’s at stake?

The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Jewish Family Service. Our PFLAG family will be well-represented. Max Disposti, Founder of North County LGBTQ Resource Center; Annette Ottone, North County Coastal PFLAG Representative; Maria Al-Shamma, PFLAG member and Director of Project Youth Committee. Others on the panel include Dr. Nicole Kent, Clinical Psychologist specializing in LGBTQ, Our Circle Facilitator; Marc Lim, Director of Gender Advocacy Project; Britt Rubenstein, parent of a transgender teen.

For questions, contact Carole Yellen at (858) 637-3395 or caroley@jfssd.org.