Melissa McLaren is a wife and the mother of 10 year-old identical twins who identify on opposite ends of the gender spectrum. She began her blog, Non-Conforming Mom in 2015 in an effort to educate and spread awareness of the common issues faced by families raising transgender and gender nonconforming children. Melissa has spoken to educators, healthcare providers, and others in the healthcare community about the needs of transgender children. She received her Doctorate from the University of Minnesota as a Nurse Practitioner with experience in Neurosurgery and Critical Care. You can find Melissa and her family in central Ohio where they enjoy cheering for the Buckeyes. You can follow her blog at www.nonconformingmom.com, connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Non-Conforming-Mom-850132451716429/ or her twitter feed at @nonconformom.