Counsel & Connect, Inc.
Noemi Marquez, LCSW

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Different Drummer Family Group

A group for families with transgender, gender variant, and gender non-conforming young children. teens and young adults.

*As if marching to the beat of a different drummer, gender non-conforming children are just trying to be true to themselves, often at the expense of ridicule and disapproval.

*If you have a child between 3 to 21 years old and these are your concerns, Different Drummer Family Group may be just what you need! This unique group gives you the opportunity to connect with other families like yours and it is a place for your child to meet kids, teens and young adults whose experiences mirror their own.

Resources for Parents

Community Partners

*Yes Institute - Provide training and consultation for community organizations, families, and professionals regarding decreasing suicide in the LGBTQ community via powerful communication.

*Sunserve- Provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy in Broward County as well as job placement nd other assistance for the LGBTQ community and their families.

*Dr. Alejandro Diaz, Pediatric Endocrinology, Niklaus Children's Hospital- 305-662-8368

*Dr. Jorge Hernandez, Pediatric Psychiatry, Niklaus Children's Hospital- 305-663-8439

*Miami Dade Public Schools- Gladys Duran, Division of Student Services- 305-995-1778           [email protected]

*Parents, Family, and Friends, of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in Miami, Florida - 786-763-2559

PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. Meeting held in South Miami. [email protected]       

*Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc- Name and gender marker changes- 305-348-3809  

Books Recommended by Kids for Kids

I Am Jazz 

by Jessica Hershel, Jazz Jennings, & Shelagh McNicholas


Available at

Kindle and Hardcover

My Princess Boy

by Cheryl Kilodavis

Available at

Kindle and Hardcover

Books Recommended by Parents for Parents

Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding YTour Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter

By Kevin Jennings & Pat Shapiro


Available at 


The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals 

by Stephanie A Brill & Rachel Pepper


Available at

Paperback, Kindle,

Audible, and CD

Also version for Transgender Teens

Videos for Parents
These videos are posted for ADULTS ONLY and are meant to begin your research into this topic.
Estos videos son para ADULTOS y es un lugar donde empezar su estudio de esta informaciĆ³n.                          


Gender Revolution
National Geographic and 20/20 Special  

El Dificil Camino de Apoyar a un Hijo Trangenero
Univision Noticias
(9:19 minutos)

Transgender Parents 
20/20, ABC News


"Integration of Transgender and Gender Diverse Affirmative Knowledge
 in the Explicit Curriculum of Three Undergraduate Social Work Courses"
Peer Reviewed Academic Poster Presentation
At Barry University's 2nd Annual Doctoral Symposium: Evolution of Social Work Education