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Trans Children Do Know Who They Are with Jo Hirst

In Episode 43: the ups and downs of raising a trans child in an often hostile world; and how schools can better support trans and gender diverse young people.

Episode 43

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Episode Guest

  • Jo Hirst is the author of the children’s picture books: The Gender Fairy and A House for Everyone.
  • Jo’s also the mother of a trans child, and an advocate for trans and gender diverse children.

Quick Guide

  • Jo Hirst introduces herself
  • Affirming trans and gender diverse young people – in light of hostile pushback
  • Medical advice about being trans and gender diverse
  • The emotional exhaustion of being an advocate for your trans child
  • How schools and teachers can support trans and gender diverse young people 
  • How trans children do know who they are
  • The use of bathrooms in schools – for trans and gender diverse young people
  • Why trans representation matters: Jo’s picture books for trans and gender diverse young people
  •  How ‘balance’ is problematic in media coverage of trans and gender diversity issues
  • Taking care of ourselves (and our families) as parents of trans and gender diverse young people 
  • What Jo’s supportive school community looks like
  • The sidelining and casting aside of trans and gender diverse young people and their issues – in the battle for human rights.
  • The Macklemore moment for Marriage Equality in Australia
  • Raising Trans kids up – elevating and supporting them publicly 
  • Spotlight Segment: An historic trans youth related Family Court case (in Australia)
  • Twists & Turns Segment: Politicians and research-based evidence
  • Closing Remarks
  • The Right Track Segment: ‘The Gender Fairy’ (book) doing its work in the world

Trans Children Do Know Who They Are – Links 

Front cover of Jo Hirst's two books - A House for Everyone and The Gender Fairy

Jo Hirst’s two children’s picture books, A House for Everyone (2018) and The Gender Fairy (2015)

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