Time To Thrive

Jean Hodges with Betty DeGeneres

“Time to Thrive” was the theme for the first-ever national conference focused on LGBT youth. Organized by the Human Rights Campaign and co-presented by the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association, several hundred delegates gathered in Las Vegas over Presidents Day Weekend. National PFLAG was among many youth and family-serving organizations represented. Jean Hodges, PFLAG Boulder County member and National PFLAG Vice-President was a co-presenter for a session about “Working with Parents of Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Children” which was based on her work with TYES, the Colorado support group for families with gender non-conforming children. Celebrity speakers included Delores Huerta, Judy Shepard, Betty DeGeneres (pictured here with Jean Hodges) and Ellen Page who came out as lesbian during her speech. Outstanding youth were recognized for their courage in confronting discrimination. To watch Ellen Page’s moving speech,  click here. For more information, visit http://timetothrive.org/

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