Release Date: June 03, 2008
ISBN: 9781573443180
eISBN: 9781573445191

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals

by Stephanie A. Brill, Rachel Pepper

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.

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About the author Stephanie A. Brill

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...

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About the author Rachel Pepper

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...

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"This vital book fills a profound social need by giving parents of transgender children basic information about who those children may be. It will mitigate such parents' feelings of isolation, not only affording insight, but also paving the way for compassion."

—Andrew Solomon, Author of The Noonday Demon


"A 'must-read'."


—Dr. Irene Sills, Pediatric Endocrinologist


"Finally! The book health care providers and parents have been waiting for. Compassionate, pragmatic and based on available research and practical wisdom." 


—Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, Director, Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University

“A great, practical guide that every parent should read.”

—Jody Huckaby, Past Executive Director of PFLAG


"Libraries may own books dealing with transgender adults, but this is the only guide about raising transgender children. While the general message to parents is that "you have nothing to apologize for and nothing to be embarrassed about," the authors make it clear that parents and families will not have it easy. Realistic and empowering."

—Linda Beck, Library Journal


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