Mandy Giles (she/her) is the parent of two transgender young adults and is a fierce advocate for transgender and gender diverse youth. Leveraging more than two decades of serving children through educational nonprofits, Mandy founded Parents of Trans Youth to provide learning, support, and community to parents and caregivers of transgender/gender non-conforming kids.
Parents from all over the country are referred to Mandy on a regular basis for conversations about their trans kids and how to support them. Through Parents of Trans Youth, Mandy provides individual direct support for parents and caregivers; she also speaks to parent organizations to provide basic gender education and practical advice on how to support transgender kids at home and out in the world.
During the 2021 Texas legislative sessions, Mandy testified before Senate and House committees against multiple bills targeting transgender youth and spoke publicly in press conferences, town halls, panel discussions, media interviews, and rallies. Mandy is currently president of PFLAG Houston and a 2021-2022 Equality Fellow (Equality Texas leadership development program).
Mandy earned her bachelor's degree from Duke University, majoring in public policy and psychology and minoring in women’s studies, and calls Houston, Texas home.