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GLMA Past-President Dr. Robert Garofalo Participates as Expert Guest on “The Dr. Oz Show” Featuring Transgender Children

February 18, a 15-minute segment of “The Dr. Oz Show” focused on the experiences of two transgender children and their families. The Dr. Oz Show is a current American syndicated television talk show hosted by Mehmet Oz. The show explored the experiences of the children growing up and their parents’ decision to support them in their true identity.

Dr. Oz discussed transgendered children with GLMA Past President Dr. Robert Garofalo from the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, and focused on issues that parents of
other transgender children might encounter. Representatives
from Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Trans Youth Family Allies were present for the live taping. Following the taping, GLAAD issued a statement saying the show “raises the bar for transgender talk show coverage” and praised Dr. Oz’s “for providing an exemplary discussion of gender identity, unprecedented in its refrain from an intrusive focus on anatomy.”

Information: To view segments from the show on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grMYNqe9lIQ.

To read a response to the show from the GLAAD Blog, go to http://glaadblog.org/2010/02/18/the-dr-oz-show-raises-the-bar-for-transgender-talk-show-coverage/.

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