GLSEN Central New Jersey, HiTOPS, and Garden State Equality will present a daylong conference focused on the concerns of transgender and gender-expansive students on April 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Brunswick High School, 1000 Somerset St in New Brunswick.

Students, parents, educators, and supporters are invited to attend. The conference theme “United We Fight, Together We Rise: Empowerment Through Community” sets the stage for the program of workshop sessions for middle and high school students. There will also be activities for elementary-age students with parents and an educator symposium.

The educator symposium will include sessions presented by educators experienced in LGBTQ inclusive teaching and counseling, a mental health professional with broad experience addressing issues of transgender youth clients, a panel of transgender and gender-expansive students and their parents, and a review of legal requirements in New Jersey for school districts as presented in the 2017 law that will bring about directives from the New Jersey Department of Education regarding transgender students.

This program addresses concerns of teachers, counselors, and administrators. All youth-serving professionals and interested persons are invited to attend these sessions. A certificate of attendance will be provided for participants. Further information about the educator symposium can be addressed to GLSEN Central New Jersey at centralnj@chapters.glsen.org with the subject Trans Youth Forum.

Registrations are made by visiting the Trans Youth Forum website at www.njtyf.org. Fees for registration are $20 for youth and $50 for adults. No youth is turned away for lack of ability to pay. All attendees should register, but note the item on the form that allows students to request a full scholarship or reduced fee. Registration forms for vendors, advertisers, and volunteers for this event are also available on the website.

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