State of Mind with Debra Sloss
State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Parenting Transgender Youth

Episode #3: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by parent advocate Heidi Korokowski and gender therapist Daniel Blumrosen, LMFT to talk about the unique and often challenging experience of parenting a transgender child, how to provide support and where to find help and support yourself. Strong family support of a transgender child can make a life or death difference and research is indicating that family supported transgender youth experience significantly improved mental health. Heidi is both a parent of a transgender young man, and a leader for a support group for parents of transgender youth. Heidi shares about her and her family’s adjustment to her son’s transition from female to male and how they evolved  from confusion to advocacy. Guest Daniel Blumrosen, LMFT is a local psychotherapist shares important information about gender diversity, educational  and local resources to help families learn more, how to find a competent therapist to help your loved one or family, and where to find help and support for yourself.

Broadcast: 2/17/19

Special thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing and donating the use of our theme music.

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Gender Affirmative Resources: Resources & Links:

Information for Families and Individuals:

UCSF Center for Excellence for Transgender Health

Gender Spectrum

TSER -Trans Student Educational Resources: Academy of Pediatrics:

TransLifeLine:  a national trans-led organization that supports the needs of trans people.  They have a hotline run by and for trans people:
The Hotline: 
US: 877-565-8860  Canada: 877-330-6366

Transfamily Support Group in Santa Cruz, CA  
Phone Contact: 831-251-7749 (Heidi) Email:


The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals Paperback – June 28, 2008
by Stephanie A. Brill  & Rachel Pepper

The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens – September 13, 2016, by Stephanie A. Brill  & Lisa Kenney

Now What?: A Handbook for Families with Transgender Children  – May 20, 2015
by Rex Butt

Clinical resources and gender affirmative articles:

AAP Policy Statement Urges Support and Care of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents

Literature Research Review: Gender identity in youth: treatment paradigms and controversies.
by Ehrensaft and Turbanm

International Journal of Transgenderism – online 2018 – socially transitioned pre-pubertal children are well adjusted.

Response to recent Atlantic article on “ROGID”:

Source for Introduction Information: 

Nicole Rider, Barbara J. McMorris, Amy L. Gower, Eli Coleman, Marla E. Eisenberg
2018, Health and Care Utilization of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth: A Population-Based Study, Pediatrics, March 2018, VOLUME 141 / ISSUE 3
Link to Article: