Supporting our Kids: Gender and Sexual Diversity

Co-sponsored by the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, the Toronto District School Board, and the Family Care Office. This workshop is intended to be a safe space for parents and caregivers to ask questions and explore issues related to gender and sexuality. Whether your child identifies as genderqueer, trans, cis, nonbinary, or in another way and/or straight, lesbian, gay, bi, ace, queer or questioning – this workshop is for you. The workshop begins with a discussion of language relating to gender and sexuality and self-determination and affirmation in connection with gender expansive parenting and caring. Then we will explore questions asked by some parents and carers of young people. In advance of the workshop, you will have a chance to submit your questions and topics you’d like to discuss. How can we support and try to understand our kids? Let’s explore our questions together!


Ilana David, MSW, RSW (she/they)
Gender & Sexual Diversity Social Worker, TDSB

Ilana is a social worker with over 15 years experience working with children, youth and families in mental health, 2SLGBTQ+ community services and education settings. In her current role in the TDSB, Ilana provides a range of support and consultation services, with a focus on gender and sexual diversity and gender-based violence prevention.  Ilana facilitates groups for parents/caregivers of trans, non-binary and gender independent students; and advocates for safe and affirming school climates across the TDSB through staff training, student workshops and case consultations on topics such as healthy relationships, abuse prevention, and gender and sexual diversity.

Kelly MacCready
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Social Worker, TDSB

Kelly MacCready (she/they) is a Gender-Based Violence Prevention Social Worker with the Gender and Sexual Diversity Team at the TDSB. Prior to joining the TDSB in 2021, she worked for decades with non-profit and community-based organizations including the YWCA, Assaulted Women’s Helpline, YMCA, Sistering, Parent Helpline and Kids HelpPhone. She is a PhD student whose work examines the intersections between gender, fatphobia, aging, racism, ableism and systemic structures. She has taught and supervised field placement students in the social work departments of TMU and Trent University, centering intersectionality, critical race theory and anti-oppressive critical theories.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will make appropriate arrangements.