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Julien, the Trans Puppet, Is Here to Help Children Exploring their Gender Identity

Here’s a bit of cute news to help you get through that Sunday morning hangover…

The Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation has launched a series of awareness videos featuring the world’s first trans puppet in a bid to help educate and inspire children who are exploring their gender identity.

The initiative aims to develop the relational skills of young people, parents and educators in order for them to realise they’re not alone in how they’re feeling. More and more young children are manifesting a gender identity or expression that doesn’t conform to the social norms regarding the sex they were assigned at birth and it can be a very confusing time for them.

The series of three videos, titled ‘Julia is Sad’, ‘The Heart that Knows Everything’, and ‘Toys are Toys’, are all available in both English and French. The videos also come with educational booklets from the foundation that can help guide parents, educators, daycare services and community organizations to support and help young people in developing healthy emotional and relational lifestyle habits.

Created in 2018, the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation was set up to fight bullying, violence and discrimination against elementary and secondary school children. Its goal is to promote caring environments for students by supporting and organizing various initiatives that provide more effective intervention with victims, aggressors and witnesses.

Last year, the foundation conducted a survey across Canada to highlight any wider misunderstandings within the trans community. The survey found that 98% of trans respondents admitted to feelings of helplessness, loneliness, or discouragement related to their gender identity or expression.

“More and more studies show that social and emotional skills play an essential role in being a good student, becoming a good citizen and making one’s place in the workplace,” says Jasmin Roy, President of the Foundation.

By promoting scenarios where the puppet talks not only with his family and relatives but also with young people of his age, we are opening the door to dialogue and to allowing young people and their entourage to become aware of a reality that might not be their own.

“Children who are exploring their gender identity or expression are more vulnerable than others,” says Julien Leroux-Richardson, President of the Aide aux Trans du Québec (ATQ). “In addition to developing the emotional and relational skills of young people with respect to students who do not identify with traditional gender stereotypes or are exploring other avenues, the videos and the educational tool will make it possible for adults to improve these same skills to support these children better.”

You can watch the videos below, whilst additional information can be found at: http://www.fondationjasminroy.com/.

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