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

Episode #15: 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. Strong family support of a transgender child can make a life or death difference and cultivates long-term mental health. Heidi is a parent of a transgender young man and she leads a support group for parents of transgender youth. Heidi shares her and her family’s adjustment to her son’s transition from female to male and describes the family’s evolution from confusion to advocacy. Guest Daniel Blumrosen, LMFT, is a Bay Area psychotherapist who shares important information about gender diversity and local resources to help families learn more. He discusses how to find a competent therapist to help your loved one or your family, and talks about where to find help and support for yourself. This show originally aired a year ago, when KSQD was in its first week of broadcasting. Because the topic is of such relevance in our community, we are re-broadcasting it.

Original Broadcast: 2/17/19
Remix Broadcast: 2/2/20

Special thanks to my co-producer Lauren Fein, our audio editor Jeanne Baldzikowski, and to Jennifer Young, who assists with research and outreach. And finally, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.

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Information for Families and Individuals:

UCSF Center for Excellence for Transgender Healt

Gender Spectrum

TSER -Trans Student Educational Resources

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 Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County
The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County welcomes the trans community and their allies, offering peer support, group meetings, referrals, and resources.
Blog for and about the LGBTQIA community


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

Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults  Paperback – October 21, 2019
By Finn Gratton, LMFT, LPCC

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:


20:20 My Secret Self Complete Documentary
ABC documentary on transgender children presented by Barbara Walters


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