Janna Barkin

Mom, author, activist, trans ally, consultant, yoga instructor

Janna and her husband Gabriel live and thrive in Marin County, California. Together they’ve raised three wonderful children, Travis, Emily and Amaya. Janna was born in New York City and graduated from Binghamton University (State University of New York) with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Sciences. She has worked as a preschool teacher/director and also as a certified childbirth educator. Janna is now is a certified yoga instructor with over a decade of experience. Her students include beginners, advanced practitioners, pre- and post-natal mothers, and people experiencing disability, grief, transition, pain, and loss. Janna is a lifelong learner who loves experiencing new things and giving back to the community. She also volunteers her time and services for these causes: ~ Founding member of Ally Moms, an online community of moms who have come together to support trans youth and their families because they have a transgender child. ~Founder and co-facilitator of the Spectrum LGBT Center support group for parents of transgender and gender non conforming children in San Rafael, Ca ~ Helpline volunteer at the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, CA. ~ Team Coordinator for Stone Soup Marin, a volunteer organization that cooks meals for the homeless served by the Mill Street Shelter in San Rafael, CA. Janna’s son Amaya is a very smart and motivated student and a well-liked and popular peer among his many friends. On occasion he can be particularly sweet or a bit surly. He is also transgender.

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September 30, 2016