He’s Always Been My Son: A Mother’s Story About Raising Her Transgender Son | Congregation Beth Am

He’s Always Been My Son: A Mother’s Story About Raising Her Transgender Son

Book Discussion with Author Janna Barkin

This inspiring and moving story, told from the heart of an extraordinary family, recounts the emotional and uplifting journey of raising a transgender son.

Janna Barkin's family has come a long way since their child, Amaya, first told them he was a boy and not a girl. This captivating memoir charts the family's experiences of raising Amaya, from birth to adulthood. With powerful chapters written by Amaya's family and friends, Janna shares personal stories of the support and discoveries her family has encountered, and provides a 'care package' of advice for families facing similar issues, including a glossary of helpful terms and a list of hand-picked support sources.

Written with warmth and humor, He's Always Been My Son reminds us to accept others for who they are and will support, educate and inspire anyone who reads it. The book will be available for purchase at the event as well as online through www.hesalwaysbeenmyson.com. (If you purchase the book on Amazon, be sure to shop through AmazonSmile to help generate funds for Beth Am!).
Janna Barkin is a proud mother of a transgender son and a passionate advocate for transgender youth rights. She is a long-time educator, well known and loved in her northern California community as an author, yoga teacher and early childhood teacher/director. She served as director of the Novato Parents Nursery School, a cooperative preschool in Novato, CA, and at the SFJCC Rosenberg Early Childhood Center in San Francisco. Currently, Janna focuses her attention on gender advocacy and education, and she also provides support and coaching for transgender youth and their families.

Since 2015, Janna has led a support group for parents and caregivers of transgender and gender expansive and questioning youth at the Spahr Center in San Rafael, CA. She has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at the Gender Spectrum Conference, at Fortune 500 corporations including The Gap and Microsoft, and at schools, bookstores, libraries and other community gatherings. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post and posts frequently on her personal blog “He's Always Been My Son” (www.hesalwaysbeenmyson.com).

Janna’s book He's Always Been My Son: A Mother's Story about Raising Her Transgender Son (Jessica Kingsley Publishing, August, 2017) is an uplifting and supportive memoir of her journey raising a transgender son from birth through to adulthood. He's Always Been My Son is an Amazon.com #1 bestseller in the United States, and a "Book to Watch" selection in The Bookseller, a U.K. publishing industry magazine.

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