Speaking & Media

Education and Awareness

In addition to book readings, Candace Waldron is available to speak to community groups and specific audiences on a variety of topics addressed in My Daughter He.

Parent groups

The better informed all parents are, the safer all children will be. Educational presentations for parent groups include:

  • How and when gender identity forms
  • Early signs of gender dysphoria
  • Reversible treatment options for children
  • Talking with children when a friend socially transitions
  • Bathrooms, sports, and making schools safe for all children


Safe, supportive environments for academic achievement and healthy interpersonal relationships is essential for a child’s growth and development. It is critical for all school personnel be trained and sensitive to the unique needs of gender nonconforming and transgender youth. Some states require it. Presentations for educators include:

  • Definitions: sex and gender; assigned vs. affirmed
  • Gender identity development
  • Gender identity vs. sexual orientation
  • Gender dysphoria and impact on learning
  • Reversible treatment options for preadolescent children
  • Impact of gender dysphoria on academic achievement
  • Safety issues for gender nonconforming and transgender children
  • State laws and policy requirements for addressing bullying
  • Benefits to all students of diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environments

Health and mental health providers

Health and mental health providers are often the first professionals parents consult when their child is gender nonconforming or experiencing gender dysphoria. It is critical they have the training they need to discuss issues and refer patients to specialists. Presentations for health and mental health providers include:

  • Data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey on health risks
  • Local health and mental health resources
  • Support for parents and family members
  • Support for youth rejected by families


Spiritual support can help individuals and families cope during times of stress. Some may worry that God or their faith community will reject them if they support their child’s need to transition. Others may feel abandoned by their faith or judged by God. Presentations for clergy include:

  • Helping families cope with loss, grief, anger, doubt
  • The healing power of compassion, love, trust, and acceptance
  • Reconciling nature’s gender rainbow with religious traditions
  • Creating welcoming and inclusive congregations

Trans Parent Support

If you are the parent of a gender nonconforming child or teen, it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed and confused. Your feelings and questions may make it hard to know where to begin. Support often comes from others who have encountered a similar experience. Groups for parents of transgender children have begun all over the country. To find a group in your area, visit www.pflag.org. For web support, see the Resources list on this website.

Candace is available for phone or online conversations if there is no group in your area. She is also available to speak to your group. For more information, click here to use the Contact page.


Sunday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.  
Worcester, MA, Hadwen Park Congregational Church
Transitioning With Our Transgender Children, following the 10 a.m. service with Lori Wentworth entitled “A Transgender Cameo.”
For parents, clergy, educators, GSA advisors, health and mental health providers; and teens
Sponsored by PFLAG of Greater Worcester and Hadwen Park Congregational Church

Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Wenham, MA, First Church, 1 Arbor Street
Book reading and discussion

Saturday, October 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Nashville, TN, Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel
PFLAG National Convention Workshop
Transitioning With Our Transgender Children

Wednesday, October 21, 7 p.m.
Rockport, MA, Rockport Public Library, 17 School Street
Local authors night

Sunday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Naples, FL, PFLAG Naples, Naples Country Club
A Son’s Journey with His Mother, with Kai and Candace

October 16, 2014, 1–2 p.m., McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA
Supportive Families, Healthy  Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children, Workshop at LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Day

Boston, MA, October 4, 2014
I Have Something to Tell You, panel on coming out to parents at the 4th Annual LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference sponsored by the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition

Boston, MA, August 7, 2014
Roundtable on Anti-Bullying Laws and Protecting LGBTQ Students, by the American Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission

Boston, MA, July 12, 2014
Self Care workshop for parents at the Trans Youth/Parent Summit, sponsored by Massachusetts Transgender Political Caucus and Greater Boston PFLAG

Salem, MA, June 17, 2014
Protecting Our Nonconforming and Transgender Children and Teens, sponsored by Health Quarters

Naples, FL, PFLAG, May 15, 2014
My Daughter He: Transitioning With Our Transgender Children, book reading

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