Dr. Ehrensaft and Mr. Baum will share the stage for a conversation surrounding gender identity. They will provide guidance on both the philosophical dilemmas and the practical, daily concerns of working with children who don’t fit a “typical” gender mold. They will help to debunk outmoded approaches to gender nonconformity that may actually do children harm and will offer a new framework for helping each child become their own unique, most gender-authentic person.
Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Director of Mental Health and founding member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a partnership between the University of California San Francisco and community agencies to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary services and advocacy to gender nonconforming/ transgender children and youth and their families. Dr. Ehrensaft is the author of numerous books including Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy, Gender-Nonconforming Children.
Joel Baum has worked as an educator focused on issues of social justice and equity for over 30 years. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/professionals, and provide resources towards a more compassionate understanding of gender and young people. He is the Director of Education and Advocacy with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF-Benioff Children’s Hospital.