Jen Grosshandler is a mother of four. When her last child was born, and the doctor said “It’s boy,” she knew what to expect because she already had three sons. However, almost from the start, her youngest child proved to be different from her other sons. The baby, named Chaz at birth, always gravitated toward things considered feminine. Obviously, something was different with her youngest. Eventually, her child came to her in tears saying, “What if I’m a girl? Because I am!” As a result, Jen and her family instantly began helping Chaz safely and comfortably transition into Chazzie, their daughter and sister.
Jen and her husband at the Equality Illinois Gala with daughter, Chazzie.
Jen is an active participant in her children's lives and a fierce advocate for Chazzie. Through her own experience and education, Jen soon began to realize that stories being told about transgender people were overwhelmingly negative. This didn’t settle well with her and she wanted to change the conversation around these children and their families. Thus The GenderCool Project, which shares positive stories of children who happen to be transgender, was born.
Tune in to hear Jen talk with Heather about the platform she and co-founder Gearah Goldstein have built and how they are helping to empower transgender young people. These kids tell their own stories of success, achievement, and aspirations. Their tagline is “Who we are, not what we are.” Learn more about this positive storytelling effort and how you can become a GenderCool Community Champion.
Also, be sure to check out this awesome article about the GenderCool Project in Rolling Stones Magazine. We love what the GenderCool Project and the Grosslander family are doing to change the conversation around transgender awareness.
GenderCool Project founders, Gearah and Jennifer.