Sally Cleary Griffiths & Kimberly Sue Griffiths

Sally Cleary Griffiths & Kimberly Sue Griffiths

Sally Cleary Griffiths & Kimberly Sue Griffiths

Kimberly Sue Griffiths is a woman born in the wrong body. She is wonderfully supported by nineteen year spouse, Sally Cleary Griffiths, her children and grandchildren. Education includes: BA (political science), JD (law), and MLIS (library and information science). Employment has included: attorney, law and academic librarian and commercial and residential real estate finance and sales. Public speaking has included: teaching, meeting coordination, mistress of ceremonies, Westerville Jaycees president, and disc jockey. New to the transgender community (May 2014), transitioned full time (January 2015), Kimberly is the Sunday TransOhio facilitator and the Stonewall Columbus co-facilitator for transgender peer group meetings. She served on the abstract (conference content selection) committee for this 2016 Transforming Care Conference. As a community advocate, her dream is to work toward the development of enhanced resource availability by using networking, cooperation, and overall coordination with individuals and with supportive organizations in order to increase social and educational opportunities for rural and urban Ohio transgender and gender non-conforming residents. Kimberly highly values the support and friendship shared with members of the community who have taught her that this journey is a very diverse and personal adventure. She sees herself as happy and incredibly fortunate.

Presentation: Love Transcendent: Issues and Practical Strategies to Preserve “Family” and Trans/Cis Committed Relationships
Co-presented by Sally Cleary Griffiths and Kimberly Sue Griffiths
Day: Friday
Time: Breakout Session 3
Where: Alumni

Presentation Description:
This workshop is designed to offer assistance and information to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, to “family”, however defined, to those in a cisgender relationship with transgender or gender non-conforming individuals, and to social workers or therapists who work with those in the community. Including a detailed handout, the goals are: to list, explain, and provide examples of methods to convey “I love you” to family and partners so that they individually and emotionally receive the message; to discuss roadblocks to acceptance of a transgender family member and that these can potentially be reopened by gaining a greater clarity and understanding of all factors involved; to talk about coping mechanisms and the development of family and community support that can build a strong bonding opportunity to deal with change and reinforce family stability; and to inform about ways to be open and flexible when encountering change, and resistance thereto, in an effort to preserve the prior commitment and support among those who are loved, with possible new ways to define “family” and view ourselves.

Presentation Objectives:
1. List, explain, and provide examples of methods to convey “I love you” to family and partners so that they individually and emotionally receive the message, and discuss roadblocks to acceptance of a transgender family member.
2. Discuss: 1 Reopening roadblocks with a greater clarity and understanding of all factors; 2 coping mechanisms; and 3 how developing family and community support can build a strong bonding opportunity to deal with change and reinforce family stability.
3. Inform about ways to be open and flexible when encountering change, and resistance thereto, in an effort to preserve the prior commitment and support among those who are loved, with possible new ways to define “family” and view ourselves.