Glenbard Parent Series to present pediatricians’ talk on gender and identity

The Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families will present “Loving, Affirming and Supporting All Children to Thrive: Gender and Identity Conversation,” with Dr. Ken Ginsburg and Dr. Robert Garofalo, at noon and 7 p.m. Aug. 26, via Zoom.

Visit glenbardgps.org for the link to the two webinars. To be placed on a reminder list for GPS events or submit a question in advance, send an email to gilda_ross@glenbard.org.

For parents and guardians of teens who identify outside societal gender or sexuality norms, there is a critical need for intentional and caring parenting. Young people thrive when they understand that their parents/guardians love and accept them unconditionally. Family members and friends can have a positive impact during the struggles these young people face because of rejection, discrimination and a lack of empathy.

To introduce strategies to help all young people feel valued, included, safe and loved, GPS will present a webinar featuring two nationally recognized adolescent medical specialists to provide insights and answer questions.

Garofalo is a professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he serves as the chief of the division of adolescent and young adult medicine. He founded and co-directs the Lurie Children’s Gender & Sex Development Program.

Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is director of health services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. Ginsburg also has written five parenting books, including “Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection with Trust,” “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings” and “Letting Go With Love and Confidence.”

For further information, visit glenbardgps.org or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard Township High School District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 630-942-7668 or gilda_ross@glenbard.org.