Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Hollie Hancock, who has her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University and received her BS in Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She has experience volunteering as a test site counselor at the Utah AIDS Foundation HIV testing sites, which led to her interest in becoming a therapist. Dr. Hancock gave a presentation at the Sunstone Symposium in 2014 called “Trans 101: Education, Experience and Acceptance” and shares much of her knowledge and expertise on transgender identity during this podcast. With the current media attention surrounding Caitlyn Jenner’s story and the amount of controversial social media commentary, this is a timely topic to be discussing. Regardless of where we may fall on the spectrum of opinion, it is a reality that the majority of our transgender LDS members are suffering in often silent and profound ways. It is a moral responsibility on all of our parts to set aside differences, gather education, and mostly reach out and be kind to those in our midst who are struggling with such issues. It is the hope of MMH Podcast that this interview can be used as a resource towards that end.
Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to Brian Dillman for audio production of this podcast. Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.
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