“My passion goes beyond my own child’s needs, it lives in my need to make the world right for all Trans youth”
FOUNDER OF TRANS FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
For more than 30 years, Kathie Moehlig has been a public speaker, workshop presenter, nonprofit development coordinator, and support-group leader. She’s a certified life coach, an ordained minister and a certified parenting instructor.
As a parent advocate for her transgender son, Kathie helped navigate his journey. As a result of their family’s ongoing experience, the need to help others became more and more apparent. In early 2015, Kathie founded TransFamily Support Services (TFSS), a nonprofit organization in San Diego serving transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their families. TFSS provides individual and family coaching to facilitate acceptance and support, assists with healthcare and insurance issues, helps families navigate the legal system, and advocates for resources and support at schools for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their families.
At the school site and district levels, teachers and students become more comfortable and feel safer with open dialogue as educators are given language and tools to assist students and families in the broader community. Kathie provides workshops and training programs for faculty and staff in LGBTQ awareness, vocabulary use, understanding and implementing state and federal laws, and how to adopt best practices as policy.
Kathie works with medical and mental health professionals, from the front desk receptionist to the physician in the back office ,pointing to resources both medically and procedurally. Providing emergency rooms and urgent care centers with knowledge about trans issues, and access to resources to support specific needs, creates prepared, safe, and effective treatment for all patients. Kathie tirelessly advocates for transgender acceptance in the social, medical, educational, media, and legal communities.
She has served as a board member of PFLAG San Diego was a San Diego Trevor Ambassador. Kathie is currently on the advisory board for Camp Laurel, serves on the San Diego Human Relations Commission as well as the San Diego Police Dept. LGBTQ advisory board. Kathie collaborates with the North County LGBT Center, the LGBT Center in Hillcrest, and many other organizations nationwide that serve transgender youth. She was San Diego Pride 2017 – Spirit of Stonewall Friend of Pride winner and the 2018 California Assembly District 78 Women of the Year. Kathie’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Diego Union Tribune and on the NBC News. She regularly criss-crosses the country to work with families, schools and healthcare organizations to promote understanding, inclusion, and equality.