This is the official blog for the website http://www.welcomingtransfolks.com

This blog and the related website welcomingtransfolks.com are offerings of White Heron Services, LLC, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company manager is Maren Sandra Jansen, PhD. She is a transgender woman with a passion for advocating around issues that affect the lives of transgender folks.

Maren is a mentor for transgender women. She’s also developing online training materials for organizations on how to work effectively with transgender employees and clients.

Contact Maren at msjansen@whiteheronservices.com.

Maren is a voting member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (www.wpath.org).

She is also a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexualtiy (www.sexscience.org).

She is a co-author of the paper “The Development of Standards of Care for Individuals with a Male-to-Eunuch Gender Identity Disorder” Kayla Vale, Thomas W. Johnson, Maren S. Jansen, et al., International Journal of Transgenderism, 12:40–51, 2010

Maren is currently the co-leader of the Widening the Welcome Task Force at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, MN (www.gloriadeistpaul.org). The Task Force presented a transgender panel forum (Maren was one of the panel members) and a series of book studies in Spring 2016. These activities were designed to educate the congregation on the issues facing transgender folks. At a congregational meeting on May 1, 2016, the new welcoming statement with the addition of gender identity and expression was approved.