Transitions of the Heart

Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children

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Author: Rachel Pepper

Publisher: Cleis Press

ISBN: 1573447889

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

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A collection of stories by mothers of transgender and gender variant children.

Transitions of the Heart

Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children

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Author: Rachel Pepper

Publisher: Cleis Press

ISBN: 157344801X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

View: 5631

Transitions of the Heart is the first collection to ever invite mothers of transgender and gender variant children of all ages to tell their own stories about their child’s gender transition. Often “transitioning” socially and emotionally alongside their child but rarely given a voice in the experience, mothers hold the key to familial and societal understanding of gender difference. Sharing stories of love, struggle, and acceptance, this collection of mother's voices, representing a diversity of backgrounds and sexual orientations, affirms the experience of those who have raised and are currently raising transgender and gender variant children between the ages of 5-50. Edited by Rachel Pepper, a gender specialist and co-author of the acclaimed book The Transgender Child, Transitions of the Heart will prove an invaluable resource for parents coming to terms with a child’s gender variance or transition.

Critical Kinship Studies

An Introduction to the Field

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Author: Damien W. Riggs,Elizabeth Peel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137505052

Category: Psychology

Page: 222

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This book draws together research on posthumanism and studies of kinship to elaborate an account of western human kinship practices. Studies of kinship have increasingly sought to critique the normative assumptions that often underpin how caring relationships between humans are understood. The categorisation of 'human' and 'kinship' is brought into question and this book examines who might be excluded through adherence to accepted categories and how a critical lens may broaden our understanding of caring relationships. Bringing together a diverse array of analytic foci and theoretical lenses, Critical Kinship Studies opens up new avenues for understanding what it means to be in relationships with others, and in so doing challenges the human exceptionalism that has often limited how we think about family, loss, love and subjectivity.

Transgender People and Education

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Author: Clare Bartholomaeus,Damien W. Riggs

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349953091

Category: Education

Page: 195

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This book provides a comprehensive account of the educational experiences of students, parents, and educators—both transgender and cisgender—in the context of current debates about the inclusion of transgender people in schools. Drawing on critiques of cisgenderism and emphasizing the importance of a "whole of school" approach, Transgender People and Education explores complex topics including sexuality education for transgender young people, teaching gender diversity, the journeys of cisgender parents of transgender children, the experiences of transgender parents and educators in schools, and the role of cisgender administrators, educators, and school counselors and psychologists in creating inclusive school cultures. Reporting on empirical analyses conducted by the authors, the book makes a unique contribution to thinking about gender diversity in schools and advocates for the broadening of educational approaches beyond narrow gender binaries.

Traversing Gender

Understanding Transgender Realities

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Author: Lee Harrington

Publisher: Mystic Productions Press

ISBN: 1942733836

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 7978

In the current age of gender identity and transgender awareness, many questions are coming to light for everyone. Whether brought about by media and cultural attention or personal journeys, individuals who have never heard of transgender, transsexual, or gender variant people can feel lost or confused. Information can be hard to find, and is often fragmented or biased. Meanwhile, trans people are getting a chance to dialogue with each other and finally be heard by the world at large. In Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities, author Lee Harrington helps make the intimate discussions of gender available for everyone to understand. Topics include: What the words "trans" "transgender" mean, differences (and crossovers) between sex, gender, and orientation, the wide array and types of trans experiences , social networking and emotional support systems for trans people, navigating medical care, from the common cold to gender-specific procedures, what "transitioning" looks like, from a variety of different approaches, how legal systems interplay with gender and trans issues, extra challenges based on gender, race, class, age and disability, skills and information on being a successful trans ally. Bringing these personal matters into the light of day, this reader-friendly resource is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members, as well as members of the transgender community itself.

He's My Daughter

A Mother's Journey to Acceptance

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Author: Lynda Langley

Publisher: ISBS

ISBN: 9780957873551

Category: Social Science

Page: 166

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A shocking phone call from their distraught daughter-in-law was how Lynda and Richard Langley learnt that their son had started his transition from a man to a woman. The mad rush to their son's hospital bedside, anguish and fear for his physical health, shock from the nature of his injury, and the dread of the challenges to be faced in the coming months and years... Lynda's account of how she adjusted to the reality that her eldest son had decided to physically become a woman is the story of a family. Tears and laughter, support and withdrawal, accompany Toni -- now the eldest daughter -- as she maps out her new life. And with her all the time is Lynda, her mother. Helping to select her wardrobe, guiding her in the subtleties of speech and behaviour, and supporting her, especially in the early stages of her new life as a woman. A mother's story of losing a son and gaining a daughter -- a transsexual transition and a mother's love. While there have been some accounts of transsexual transition published on the web, this is the first account from a parent's perspective, and the first to be published in book form.

The Transgender Child

A Handbook for Families and Professionals

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Author: Stephanie Brill,Rachel Pepper

Publisher: Cleis Press

ISBN: 1573443182

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 200

View: 583

What do you do when your son insists on wearing a dress to school? Or when your toddler daughter's first sentence is that she's a boy? Offering an extensive understanding of gender-variant and transgender youth, The Transgender Child answers these questions and more. Covering developmental, legal, medical, and school issues, The Transgender Child is a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind guidebook for the unique challenges that thousands of families face raising children who step outside of the pink or blue box.

Two Spirits, One Heart

A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance

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Author: Marsha Aizumi,Aiden Aizumi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615681719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 290

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In this first of its kind, illuminating new book, mother, educator and LGBT activist Marsha Aizumi shares her story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male. Two Spirits, One Heart: A Son's Journey and a Mother's Love chronicles her personal journey from being the mother of her dearly desired adopted baby girl Ashley, to offering unconditional love, acceptance and support amid her child's struggles to reconcile her gender identity and follow her path to become a man, Aiden. In the process, she also becomes a passionate advocate for the greater rights of transgender, bisexual, gay and lesbian citizens.

Trans-Kin

A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People

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Author: Eleanor A. Hubbard

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781480106475

Category: Social Science

Page: 402

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Trans-Kin is a collection of stories from significant others, family members, friends and allies of transgender persons (SOFFAs). Powerful, thought-provoking and enlightening, this collection will provide for the head and the heart of anyone who has ever loved a transgender person. Trans-Kin is also an essential read for allies of the transgender community and anyone who wishes to become one.

Transgender 101

A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

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Author: Nicholas M Teich

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231504276

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 9132

Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. The volume covers the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members.

Trans Forming Families

Real Stories about Transgendered Loved Ones

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Author: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780979726002

Category: Transgender people

Page: 178

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I Am J

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Author: Cris Beam

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

ISBN: 0316053619

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 326

View: 1799

J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

At the Broken Places

A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces

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Author: Mary Collins,Donald Collins

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807088358

Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Page: 194

View: 412

In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity. As a parent, Mary Collins didn't agree with her trans son's decision to physically alter his body, although she supported his right to realize himself as a person. Raw and uncensored, each explains her or his emotional mindset at the time: Mary felt she had lost a daughter; Donald activated his "authentic self." Both battled to assert their rights. A powerful memoir and resource, At the Broken Places offers a road map for families in transition.

Gender Born, Gender Made

Raising Healthy Gender-nonconforming Children

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Author: Diane Ehrensaft

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 1615190015

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 275

View: 1984

A groundbreaking guide to caring for children who live outside binary gender boxes We are only beginning to understand gender. Is it inborn or learned? Can it be chosen--or even changed? Does it have to be one or the other? These questions may seem abstract--but for parents whose children live outside of gender "norms," they are very real. No two children who bend the "rules" of gender do so in quite the same way. Felicia threw away her frilly dresses at age three. Sam hid his interest in dolls and "girl things" until high school--when he finally confided his desire to become Sammi. And seven-year-old Maggie, who sports a boys' basketball uniform and a long blond braid, identifies as "a boy in the front, and a girl in the back." But all gender-nonconforming children have one thing in common--they need support to thrive in a society that still subscribes to a binary system of gender. Dr. Diane Ehrensaft has worked with children like Felicia, Sam, and Maggie for over 30 years. In Gender Born, Gender Made, she offers parents, clinicians, and educators guidance on both the philosophical dilemmas and the practical, daily concerns of working with children who don't fit a "typical" gender mold. She debunks outmoded approaches to gender nonconformity that may actually do children harm. And she offers a new framework for helping each child become his or her own unique, most gender-authentic person.

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians

How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Pre-conception Through Birth

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Author: Rachel Pepper

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1573445258

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

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The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians covers everything you need to make the thrilling and challenging journey to motherhood: from choosing a donor to tracking fertility to signing the right papers on the dotted lines. Rachel Pepper's lively, easy-to-read guide is the first place to go for up-to-date information and sage advice on everything from sex in the sixth month to negotiating family roles. Why a second edition? When the acclaimed first edition appeared, the author's daughter was only a few months old. This new edition takes into account the parenting know-how Pepper has developed over the intervening six years, as well as the evolving legal status of lesbian parents, and the increasing importance of the Internet for information on fertility, sperm banks, and donors. The resource section is greatly expanded, as are the sections on each trimester of pregnancy, on childbirth, and on life with a newborn. And Pepper provides more insight into preconception planning for both single lesbians and couples. An indispensable resource, The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians is now bigger and better.

Raising My Rainbow

Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

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Author: Lori Duron

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0770437710

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi." C.J. is gender variant or gender nonconforming, whichever you prefer. Whatever the term, Lori has a boy who likes girl stuff—really likes girl stuff. He floats on the gender-variation spectrum from super-macho-masculine on the left all the way to super-girly-feminine on the right. He's not all pink and not all blue. He's a muddled mess or a rainbow creation. Lori and her family choose to see the rainbow. Written in Lori's uniquely witty and warm voice and launched by her incredibly popular blog of the same name, Raising My Rainbow is the unforgettable story of her wonderful family as they navigate the often challenging but never dull privilege of raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content From the Trade Paperback edition.

Helping Your Transgender Teen

A Guide for Parents

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Author: Irwin Krieger

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9780692012291

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 75

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Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not

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Author: Joanne Herman

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449029663

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

View: 3393

Although Joanne Herman affirmed her true gender in her late 40’s, before increased transgender acceptance and understanding led to gender affirmations at much younger ages, her non-complicated explanations remain useful in gaining understanding of a complicated subject. Organized by topic into short, easy-to-read chapters, Joanne’s book Transgender Explained serves as a way to quickly get up to speed on what it means to be transgender.

He's Always Been My Son

A Mother’s Story about Raising Her Transgender Son

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Author: Janna Barkin

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784505250

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

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This inspiring and moving story, told from the heart of an extraordinary family, recounts the emotional and uplifting journey of raising a transgender son. Janna Barkin's family has come a long way since their child, Amaya, first told them he was a boy and not a girl and this captivating memoir charts the family's experiences of raising Amaya, from birth through to adulthood. With powerful chapters written by Amaya's family and friends, Janna shares personal stories of the support and discoveries her family has encountered and provides a 'care package' of advice for families facing similar issues, including a glossary of terms and a list of hand-picked support sources. Written with warmth and humor, He's Always Been My Son reminds us to accept others for who they are and will support, educate and inspire anyone who reads it.

My Daughter He

Transitioning with Our Transgender Children

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Author: Candace Waldron

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780991447404

Category: Child rearing

Page: 306

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My Daughter He: Transitioning With Our Transgender Children is written by a mother reflecting on her own difficult journey to accept that her beloved daughter longed to be a boy. By honestly exploring the author's own deep-seated feelings and how they interfered with her ability to align with and advocate for her child, readers are invited to attend to their own emotional responses while supporting their child's authentic self-expression. My Daughter He is also filled with resources. If you are the parent of a gender nonconforming child, you may wonder whether this is a phase. For many young children it is, but how do you know what's true for your child and when is it time to seek help? Other informative topics include: * Gender identity development and early clues to watch for in your child * Finding the right team of professionals to guide your decisions* Reversible and irreversible treatment options and when to begin them * Networking with other parents to create supportive schools and communitiesWith younger children disclosing their transgender identity, and medical options for preteens that have positive lifelong benefits, parent decision-making has never been more urgent. My Daughter He is a valuable handbook to guide you.