LGBTQ2IA+ Families Then and Now 2024


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We are excited to open registration for our 2024 LGBTQ2IA+ Families Then and Now series. Through conversations with a diverse range of parents who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ at different stages of family life, this free webinar series explores the changing landscape of LGBTQ2IA+ parenting.

Together, we discuss the experiences of families living in a diverse range of social contexts. By listening to the stories of each family, we hope to broaden and deepen our vision of family to be far more inclusive and to embrace the diversity of who families truly are in America today.

The five-part series begins on Monday, May 6, 2024, and continues through July 1, 2024. Each webinar is 1 hour followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with our diverse range of panelists. All webinars feature live Spanish language translation and closed captioning.

Here are some of the topics these conversations explore:

  • Impact of policy and law on families’ lives, children’s literature, and educational settings
  • LQBTQ2IA+ family formation and gendered notions of parenting
  • Generational and evolving perspectives on gender, sexuality, and identity
  • Two-spirit experiences and perspectives
  • Ethnic and racial diversity in LGBTQ2IA+ families
  • Representation of diverse family forms in literature and other media

This series is part of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Family-to-Family Real Talk conversation series.

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This series is moderated by Laura Benkov, PhD, a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has worked with children, adults, couples, and families for decades in a variety of community mental health, private practice, school, and hospital settings, providing supervision/training, psychotherapy, and psychological/neuropsychological evaluations.

She is the author of one of the first books (and several subsequent articles) on the subject of lesbian and gay parenthood, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents (Crown, 1994). She has been on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and is formerly the Clinic Director at Think: Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she worked at Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, focusing on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ family formation.

Episode 1: Maya Gonzalez

Monday, May 6, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET/ 12 – 1:30 PM PT

Maya Gonzalez

Children’s book artist, activist and Co-founder of Reflection Press

Maya Gonzalez is an award-winning children’s book artist, author, activist, and progressive educator. Maya’s work addresses systemic inequity in relation to race/ethnicity, sexism, and cissexism using children’s books as radical agents of change and healing, both personally and culturally. Maya co-founded Reflection Press, a POC, queer, and trans-owned independent publishing house that uses holistic, nature-based, and anti-oppression frameworks in their books and materials for kids and grown-ups. Maya is also the creator of the Gender Wheel, an approach to gender and body diversity that is nature-based, decolonized, and holistic and provides lectures and workshops to educators, parents, and caregivers.

Episode 2: Monday, May 13, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET/ 12 – 1:30 PM PT

Episode 3: Monday, June 3, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET/ 12 – 1:30 PM PT

Episode 4: Monday, June 17, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET/ 12 – 1:30 PM PT

Episode 5: Monday, July 1, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET/ 12 – 1:30 PM PT

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