As Humboldt's builder of hope, PARTNERS Family Services is welcoming a member of the Saskatchewan Pride Network for a seminar on Friday.

Fran Forsberg will be in the city, discussing gender creative kids and telling her family's story.

In describing what gender creative means, Forsberg says that there is no concrete definition.

"The beginning of the conversation should be to separate gender from sex," she explained. "Gender is how you present yourself to society. When we have gender creative kids, those are kids that may not fit into the binary of just male and female."

Forsberg continued on, sharing details about how she became an advocate of the topic.

"I have a 12-year-old who is two-spirit. His name is Tana and Tana floats back and forth on the gender spectrum. Sometimes feels more male and sometimes feels more female, and dresses as such," she said. "Then I have an eight-year-old who is transgender and is presented as female."

"You can see where there is a big spectrum there, and it will be great to have people to come out and learn about that and gain some understanding and education."

Part of the discussion will revolve around struggles navigating health care and education in the province. Forsberg says that there is a recent trend of intrigue into the issue.

"It's becoming more common that the medical field is understanding and taking an interest," she noted.

"There is parents who are bringing their kids to a doctor in Saskatoon from other provinces because she is so phenomenal. There is other people who are opening new practices and such and learning about these issues and being able to help families. It's great."

She added that while her story will be shared with those in attendance, she wants the discussion to revolve around assisting others.

"I think it will be more about listening to the children and educating yourself around these issues, because these kids that are supported from society and their family have a much more successful outcome in life than kids who don't have that support."

Forsberg says that whether you are an educator, mental health professional, or anyone curious about the discussion, everyone is welcome to attend.

"Not just the parents of kids who are gender variant, but I think it is really important for parents of all kids to come and learn about this so they can be supportive of their kids friends if their child is gender non-conforming," she said. "I think it is really important for people to educate themselves around this issue."

The workshop will take place from 2:00 to 4:00pm at PARTNERS' office, 905 5th Avenue.


You can hear more from Forsberg below.

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