Talking with your child about gender identity can seem overwhelming—but with the right guidance, you can have healthy conversations and create an affirming environment for them as they grow. Whether your child is cisgender, gender expansive, transgender, or still unsure, this guide provides practical advice and strategies to help you embrace them for who they are and support them as they approach puberty.


Speaker, Consultant

I hold a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies and a Master’s of Social Work from University of Washington in Seattle. I’m founder of a group therapy and training practice called Reclaim and Rise. I also serve as faculty for the Indian Country Paths (Re)Membered Transgender ECHO project and contractor with Native American Lifelines. I love speaking on all topics related to gender identity and its history, creating gender affirming environments for children and youth, mental health and Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Expansive people, and more. My work includes conducting audits of organizations and businesses and providing individualized recommendations and trainings.

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About me

Tavi is a co-founder of QORDS, a nonprofit summer camp for queer and transgender youth and youth of LGBTQ+ families. Tavi is a multi-racial Indigenous Two Spirit and trans person. Whenever possible (a challenge with a toddler), Tavi likes to read, dance, hike in the woods, grow food and medicines, travel, play their drum kit and hand drum, hug their elders, and eat. They also authored the book Cultural Awareness in Therapy with Trans, Two Spirit and Gender Nonconforming Adults and Older People.


Author. therapist. trainer. public speaker.

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I am Tavi. In addition to therapy, I provide trainings to organizations, businesses, schools, and individual therapists. My goal is to increase access to truly anti-racist, trans-affirming care by providing training, consultation, and supervision to other therapists, educators, and healthcare practitioners. I aim to contribute by improving the quality of care found in a multitude of service locations for Two Spirit, Indigiqueer, and Transgender individuals and families.


Book cover: yellow background with hand drawn rainbow image. The Gender Identity Guide for Parents in Orange font. Compassionate Advice to Help Your Child Be Their Most Authentic Self, Tavi Hawn LCSW in Black font. Two more hand drawn rainbows