This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college. What do you do when your toddler daughter's first sentence is that she's a boy? What will happen when your preschool son insists on wearing a dress to school? Is this ever just a phase? How can you explain this to your neighbors and family? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What are the current laws on the rights of transgender children? What do doctors specializing in gender variant children recommend? What do the therapists say? What advice do other families who have trans kids have? What about hormone blockers and surgery? What issues should your college-bound trans child be thinking about when selecting a school? How can I best raise my gender variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even when I barely understand the issues ahead of us? And what is gender, anyway? These questions and more are answered in this book offering a deeper understanding of gender variant and transgender children and teens.
About the Author
Stephanie Brill is a leading expert on a broad range of topics related to gender diversity. She is the author of landmark books including The Transgender Child and The Transgender Teen. She is the founder and Board Chair of Gender Spectrum, an organization at the forefront of work related to children, youth, and gender. She is also co-founder and Board Chair of Reimagine Gender, an organization working with corporations, NGOs, legislators, and policy makers to open a world of possibilities for all people to realize their potential by addressing and expanding today’s limiting concepts of gender.
Rachel Pepper is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose specialties include working with the LGBT community. She is the author of several books, including The Transgender Child, and the award-winning collection, Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender Children. She lives on an urban farm in The Bay Area of California with her family, her dog, a couple of cats, and a flock of chickens.