This program, presented by Samantha King, MSW, MEd. Samantha is the Family Support and Education Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Gender & Sexuality Development Program. For the last six years, Samantha has helped to advocate for LGBTQ individuals. During this program, Samantha will discuss the appropriate language and terminology related to gender and sexuality. She will help participants to better understand the differences between sex, gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation. Special time and attention will be focused on how to best support the development of our youth as they begin to navigate their own identity development. Samantha’s affirming approach to support development will highlight the specific tools families can use to ensure positive and healthy physical, mental, and emotional development of their loved ones. We will open the meeting early so that we can begin promptly at 7 p.m.