2015 Time To Thrive Speech by Debi Jackson

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 | 1 comment

I was asked to speak at this year’s Time to Thrive Conference, hosted by HRC in Portland, Oregon. Time to Thrive is an event focused on educating professionals who work with LGBT youth about their unique issues, struggles, and needs.

I was introduced by another amazing PFLAG mom, Betty DeGeneres!

My speech this year told more of our daughter’s story, a painful part of the journey that I don’t often talk about. I felt it was important, though, for people working with at-risk youth to really understand what those risks can be. And I also challenged parents to be more accepting of their LGBT kids and to really advocate for them.

HRC has resources that can help. The ones I talk about in my speech can be found on their website.

1 Comment

  1. I am so happy to find this site. I linked through the Topeka PFLAG page.
    I am trying to connect with other parents/moms of trans kids in this area.

    This is a terrific talk. I like your attitude. The site is very well done, too. Keep up the good work 🙂

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