At this virtual event for parents and caretakers of LGBTQ+ youth, you will learn how to provide...
- Legal Support: learn from a gay dad and former principal about your legal rights and your child's legal rights.
- Physical Support: learn from a queer diversity group leader how to hold safe space in your home for your LGBTQ+ child and their peers.
- Emotional Support: learn from a mom of LGBTQ+ kids/high school counselor how to provide emotional support for your child returning to school during these crazy times.
- Enjoy Q&A time plus time to connect with other parents going through the same issues right now.
Meet your Teachers!
Josh Covington (he/him), The Advocate Project
President & CEO, The Advocates’ Project, LLC
Joshua D. Covington currently serves as a Director of School Leadership with 3DE National, LLC by Junior Achievement. Before this role, he was a high school principal in Carroll County, KY and served students for 10 years as a teacher and instructional coach in Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY. He has experience and expertise in the development of career academies, case methodology, restorative practices, and research in diversity and inclusion, specifically in the area of LGBTQIA+ Leadership. He also works with schools on advocacy, consultation, and coaching for building affirmative LGBTQIA+ environments for students and staff. In his free time, he enjoys spending it with his twin daughters, family, and friends experiencing all the joy that life has to offer.
Mo Bailey (she/her), Community Group Leader
Mo Bailey of Norfolk, NE is a speaker, empowerment coach, and business consultant. Her purpose in life extends beyond her professional roles. Mo is known for her big heart and gregarious personality. Mo believes in the power of story to connect, heal, and inspire people. She deeply values creating safe spaces
where all people feel worthy of belonging. Her work with CASA, the Norfolk Area Diversity Council, and Norfolk Area Pride is her way of trying to make her corner of the world a better place.
Mo lives with the three loves of her life: her wife, Angie; their dog, Myla; and their mini doxie, Oaklie.
Jennifer Boudrye, (she/her), Founder of Parent with Care
Jennifer Boudrye is the founder of Parent With Care, she supports parents of LGBTQ+ youth through 1:1 and group coaching, workshops, and presentations. Jennifer is also a high school librarian, the former Director of Libraries for Washington DC Public Schools, a certified parent coach, a Safe Zone trained Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Faculty Advisor, and the Director of Education for Equality Loudoun. Her work to support parents began in earnest in 1996 when she produced and hosted the, “Discovering Kids,” radio show in Wilmington DE. She has been providing vital information and resources to parents in various venues and formats ever since.
As the founder of Parent With Care, Jennifer is committed to helping parents develop and implement compassion, awareness, respect, and empathy in their parenting. She most enjoys supporting parents through the turbulent teen years because she recognizes that if her parents had the necessary tools she might not have been such a hellion in her teens.
Jennifer is the parent of 3 adult children, one of whom is bisexual, and the bonus parent to a transgender man who recently became a dad. She has unique personal experience, perspective, and understanding of parents of LGBTQ+ youth and the journey they take alongside their kids.
Jennifer lives in Northern Virginia, close enough to Washington DC to enjoy all it has to offer, but far away enough to escape the traffic. When she’s not researching, writing, or coaching parents, Jennifer recharges by going to concerts (everything from 80’s favorites to indie folk to gospel), battling herself at boot camp, or mindlessly scrolling in search of the perfect house with gorgeous mountain views and a welcoming front porch swing.
We as parents of LGBTQ+ youth, are more scared than we've felt in our lifetime to send our kids back to their classrooms this year.
The past year has taught us that it's not necessarily the other kids we need to worry about. For many of us, our bigger concern is the other adults that our child will be in contact with every day for the school year.
Will teachers make them a target?
Will a principal refuse to acknowledge pronouns and new names?
Will a staff member yell at my child when they're in the bathroom?
If you're asking these questions, you're not alone.
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