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The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes

The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes Book Cover The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes
Diane Ehrensaft
Family & Relationships
Experiment
5th April 2016
304

Developmental and clinical psychologist Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, has devoted her career to the care of children and teens who do not abide by the gender binary, either in their gender identities or expressions. In her first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, she coined the phrase "gender creative" to replace what the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, at the time, still officially termed a "disorder." Now, in The Gender Creative Child, Dr. Ehrensaft gives families, teachers, and therapists a totally up-to-date, comprehensive resource to caring for children whose gender expression is fluid or who question the gender they were assigned at birth. In nine easily digestible chapters, she encourages both parents and professionals to listen to the children, support their quest for their authentic gender selves, undertake a highly nuanced assessment of their particular needs, and advocate for a gender-expansive world. A thought leader and champion of gender-creative identity, Dr. Ehrensaft illuminates the many routes that children may take and answers the many questions that parents and others will have.

‘Conditional Love’ by Vivienne Eesha

Unconditional Love: A Novel Based on True Events Book Cover Unconditional Love: A Novel Based on True Events
Vivienne Eesha
AuthorHouse UK
10 Dec. 2014
461 pages

This novel is based on true events of an effeminate boy named Aarav, who was sexually, physically, and emotionally abused as a child by the people he knew and trusted. Unconditional Love is a journey of a well-educated boy who became a doctor and an ambassador for the HIV prevention and human rights. All he wanted was love and solace, but because of his past, he only found lies and deceit from his numerous partners. They always blamed him for being abused. He claimed his sorrows and went into a world of silence. With time, his femininity blossomed into beautiful Arohi. His transgender avatar provided temporary relief, and she eventually found love and control of her destiny. As she tried to overcome the demons of her past, she was diagnosed with HIV.
“Why did you give me all this pain my Lord,” she prayed. “What wrong did I do? Where had I erred?”
She went into depression and attempted suicide.
She had gone through so much pain as a child; will this revelation destroy her or make her into a stronger individual?

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, by Janet Mock

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More Book Cover Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
Janet Mock
Biography & Autobiography
Atria Books 2014
13 Feb. 2014)
288 pages

Linda Gromko, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician who has worked with the transgender community for nearly eighteen years. She explains the basics of gender identity, sexual orientation, puberty, puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and gender affirming surgeries. She shares years of her patients' wisdom and practical information on getting through every day in the best way possible-from coming out to parents, to school issues, to coping with depression, to love and sex. Why is this book important? We know that transgender kids and their families need specialized information. Alarmingly, the suicide attempt rate among trans youth is close to half! This book is intended to give gender non-conforming kids some of the information they need to grow to be happy, productive, loving and loved. It's intended to provide the information we need as parents, educators, and health care providers to do better with and for our kids. "Honest, accurate, sensitive, and straightforward, Dr. Gromko's advice and explanations are a breath of fresh air. ANYONE curious about this topic can benefit from her wisdom and clarity.

Where’s MY Book? A Guide for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents, & Everyone Else – Recommended to me by Professor Norman Spack, Boston

Where's MY Book? A Guide for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents, & Everyone Else Book Cover Where's MY Book? A Guide for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents, & Everyone Else
Linda Gromko
Bainbridge Books, 2015
31st October 2015
363 pages

Linda Gromko, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician who has worked with the transgender community for nearly eighteen years. She explains the basics of gender identity, sexual orientation, puberty, puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and gender affirming surgeries. She shares years of her patients' wisdom and practical information on getting through every day in the best way possible-from coming out to parents, to school issues, to coping with depression, to love and sex. Why is this book important? We know that transgender kids and their families need specialized information. Alarmingly, the suicide attempt rate among trans youth is close to half! This book is intended to give gender non-conforming kids some of the information they need to grow to be happy, productive, loving and loved. It's intended to provide the information we need as parents, educators, and health care providers to do better with and for our kids. "Honest, accurate, sensitive, and straightforward, Dr. Gromko's advice and explanations are a breath of fresh air. ANYONE curious about this topic can benefit from her wisdom and clarity.

Getting Back to Me: From Girl to Boy to Woman in Just Fifty Years – Recommended to me by Professor Norman Spack, Boston

Getting Back to Me: From Girl to Boy to Woman in Just Fifty Years Book Cover Getting Back to Me: From Girl to Boy to Woman in Just Fifty Years
Scottie Madden
Scottie Madden, 2015
2015
214 pages

The realtime account of the coming out of a respected adventure survival filmmaker, taken from her journal entries as she leaves behind fear and “white male privilege” to embrace truth, grace and womanhood. Her gut-wrenching journey of love, acceptance and honesty becomes the ultimate survival show.
Scottie didn’t make it easy on herself. Like many late-stage trans women, Scottie had made one helluva guy; succeeding as a husband of 26 years, the only son, the big brother to three sisters and the legendary adventurer uncle to their children. Everything in her life screamed Alpha Male, Ultimate Man, Best Boy, the dude, and the man.

No one could guess that Scottie, a top survival showrunner for Discovery Channel and the History Channel, known for leading über-male productions in the world’s most dangerous locations, was losing a lifelong battle for her soul.

It takes true love from her wife of 26 years, for Scottie to shake off fifty years of expectations from her family, society and herself. But first, she must face her own denial to dismantle the walls of a self imposed prison.

Scottie’s articulate and insightful perspective shines new light on the transgender experience, but it's her deeply personal confession told with unflinching clarity, inspiring courage, and engaging humor, that makes her story a must read for any human, of any persuasion. Hers is a love story that will inspire and affirm everyone.

Raising The Transgender Child – Recommended to me by Professor Norman Spack, Boston

Raising the Transgender Child: A Complete Guide for Parents, Families, and Caregivers Book Cover Raising the Transgender Child: A Complete Guide for Parents, Families, and Caregivers
Michele Angello, Ali Bowman
Family & Relationships › Parenting
Da Capo Press, 2016
224 pages

Written by top experts in the field, Raising the Transgender Child offers much-needed answers to all the questions parents and other adults ask about raising and caring for transgender and gender diverse children: Is this just a phase? Did I do something to cause this? How do we protect these children? Who should I tell, and how? Will anyone love my child?

The New Woman by Charity Norman

The New Woman Book Cover The New Woman
Charity Norman
Fiction
23rd July 2015
384

What would you do if you found that your husband, your father, your son - was not who you thought? Could you ever love him again?

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Book Cover The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Lisa Williamson
Gender identity disorders
David Fickling Books
2015-01
357

David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people - but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy.

Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews

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Arin Andrews
Juvenile Nonfiction
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
29th September 2015
272

Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning first-of-its-kind memoir. Now with a reading group guide and an all-new afterword from the author! In this revolutionary first-of-its-kind memoir, Arin Andrews details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a boy in a girl’s body, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes—both mental and physical—he experienced once his transition began. Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.