Are you wrestling with questions surrounding your gender that just don’t seem to go away? Do you want answers to questions about your gender identity, but aren’t sure how to get started? In this groundbreaking guide, Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC—accomplished gender therapist and thought leader whose articles, blogs, and videos have empowered thousands worldwide—helps you navigate your journey of self-discovery in three approachable stages: preparation, reflection, and exploration. In You and Your Gender Identity, you will learn: Why understanding your gender identity is core to embracing your full being How to sustain the highs and lows of your journey with resources, connection, and self-care How to uncover and move through your feelings of fear, loneliness, and doubt Why it’s important to examine your past through the lens of gender exploration How to discover and begin living as your authentic self What options you have after making your discoveries about your gender identity
Created for those who are overwhelmed by their feelings of confusion and uncertainty surrounding their gender identity, YOU AND YOUR GENDER IDENTITY: A GUIDE TO DISCOVERY is the groundbreaking book that helps readers gain more clarity about their gender along a step-by-step journey of self-discovery. Written by Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC - accomplished gender therapist and thought leader whose articles and videos have empowered thousands worldwide - YOU AND YOUR GENDER IDENTITY: A GUIDE TO DISCOVERY leads readers along a self-paced, three-stage approach to gender exploration: Stage One: Preparation The journey begins by preparing for what's to come, solidifying your motivation, revealing fears and building a support system. Stage Two: Reflection You move ahead by looking back and trying to make sense of thoughts, feelings and behaviors you may not have understood before. Stage Three: Exploration Through easy-to-follow exercises, you'll actively explore your gender identity, layer-by-layer, so you can form a more complete, authentic picture of yourself. From the start, Dara Hoffman-Fox LPC explains why understanding your gender identity is an essential component to finding your place in the world and becoming your true, authentic self. Along the way, the book covers how to: "Understand Your Gender Identity" Your gender is a core element of who you are and affects all areas of your life- greater awareness of this can lead to clarity and a stronger sense of self. "Sustain The Highs and Lows" Resources, connection and self-care can help you stay on the challenging path of self-discovery. "Reveal and Uncover Your Fears" Facing your feelings of fear, loneliness, and shame head-on-understanding why they're there can be one of the most empowering parts of the journey. "Reflect on Your Past" Reflection through the lens of gender exploration can help you make sense of past experiences and how they formed who you are today. "Thoughtfully Explore Your Gender" Thorough, step-by-step exercises and gentle contemplation not only help reveal your true self, but also allow you to travel at your own pace. "Discover and Embrace Your Authentic Self" You will have a deeper understanding of your gender, yourself, and the options for "what's next" so you can express this authentic self to the world. Stop waiting and start walking your path today with YOU AND YOUR GENDER IDENTITY: A GUIDE TO DISCOVERY.
This timely resource—the first reference text on nonbinary gender identities—offers an accessible entry into researching this topic. Written by a nonbinary scholar and librarian, this text includes historical information, bibliographies and other research materials, and a glossary of the rich vocabulary emerging from nonbinary communities.
"A sensitive and empowering exploration of identity and expression that both educates and celebrates." —School Library Journal The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids offers fun, age-appropriate activities to help your child explore their identity and discover unique ways to navigate gender expression at home, in school, and with friends. Transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) children need validation and support on their journey toward self-discovery. Unfortunately, due to stigma and misinformation, these kids can be especially vulnerable to bullying, discrimination, and even mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. The good news is that there are steps you can take to empower your child as they explore, understand, and affirm their gender identity. This important workbook will guide you both. In this guide, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in gender-nonconforming youth offers real tools to help your child thrive in all aspects of life. You and your child will discover a more expansive way of understanding gender; gain insight into gender diverse thoughts, feelings, and experiences; and find engaging activities with fun titles such as, “Apple, Oranges, and Fruit Bowls” and “Pronoun Town” to help your child to explore their own unique identity in a way that is age-appropriate and validating. No child experiences gender in a vacuum, and children don’t just transition—families do. Let this workbook guide you and your child on this important journey in their lives.
What happens when your gender doesn’t fit neatly into the categories of male or female? Even mundane interactions like filling out a form or using a public bathroom can be a struggle when these designations prove inadequate. In this groundbreaking book, thirty authors highlight how our experiences are shaped by a deeply entrenched gender binary. The powerful first-person narratives of this collection show us a world where gender exists along a spectrum, a web, a multidimensional space. Nuanced storytellers break away from mainstream portrayals of gender diversity, cutting across lines of age, race, ethnicity, ability, class, religion, family, and relationships. From Suzi, who wonders whether she’ll ever “feel” like a woman after living fifty years as a man, to Aubri, who grew up in a cash-strapped fundamentalist household, to Sand, who must reconcile the dual roles of trans advocate and therapist, the writers’ conceptions of gender are inextricably intertwined with broader systemic issues. Labeled gender outlaws, gender rebels, genderqueer, or simply human, the voices in Nonbinary illustrate what life could be if we allowed the rigid categories of “man” and “woman” to loosen and bend. They speak to everyone who has questioned gender or has paused to wonder, What does it mean to be a man or a woman—and why do we care so much?
Self-Reflection Using Photography, Art, and Writing
Author: Graham Ramsay
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
An award-winning psychologist and professional photographer join forces in writing this unique creative guide to exploring and understanding your life: who you are, what you value, and what you wish to achieve. A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life brims with imaginative exercises and examples that use the power of photography, art, and writing as tools for self-discovery. It provides clear and accessible guidance on how to explore different parts of your identity: take a photograph of yourself in a role you don't typically play, draw a visual timeline of your life and consider its key turning points; explore your sense of place in history by writing about a major historical event that has changed your life. Exercises are accompanied by searching questions for self-reflection, and are complemented by examples of each exercise to provoke ideas and inspiration. Featuring additional guidance for teachers, counselors, and other professionals running the exercises in group settings, this book offers a dynamic and enjoyable way for you to explore different aspects of your life.
Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
Author: Sand C. Chang
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Transgender and gender nonconforming (TNGC) clients have complex mental health concerns, and are more likely than ever to seek out treatment. This comprehensive resource outlines the latest research and recommendations to provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills, and awareness to treat TNGC clients with competent and affirming care. As you know, TNGC clients have different needs based on who they are in relation to the world. Written by three psychologists who specialize in working with the TGNC population, this important book draws on the perspective that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for working with TNGC clients. It offers interventions tailored to developmental stages and situational factors—for example, cultural intersections such as race, class, and religion. This book provides up-to-date information on language, etiquette, and appropriate communication and conduct in treating TGNC clients, and discusses the history, cultural context, and ethical and legal issues that can arise in working with gender-diverse individuals in a clinical setting. You’ll also find information about informed consent approaches that call for a shift in the role of the mental health provider in the position of assessment and referral for the purposes of gender-affirming medical care (such as hormones, surgery, and other procedures). As changes in recent transgender health care and insurance coverage have provided increased access for a broader range of consumers, it is essential to understand transgender and gender nonconforming clients’ different needs. This book provides practical exercises and skills you can use to help TNGC clients thrive.
A Mindful Approach to Embracing Your Child's Authentic Self
Author: Darlene Tando
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Family & Relationships
If your child is questioning their gender identity, you may have questions of your own. The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender Identity helps answer those questions, providing a relationship-oriented approach to supporting your child's journey. Conscious parenting means being present with your children and taking the time to understand their point of view. Using this mindful method, you can support and guide your children as they discover their authentic selves. With this easy-to-navigate guide, you'll learn how to... Communicate openly with your child about gender identity Empower your child to make their own decisions Create a welcoming environment at home Guide your child through social and medical transitions Help your child feel comfortable with friends, at school, and in your community Deal with others' opinions about your parenting choices Plan a happy, successful future for you and your child This mindful method of parenting will allow you and your children to strengthen your bond while allowing them to be who they truly are.
Ambitious, sporty, feminine "capital-L lesbians" had been Nina Krieger's type, for friends that is. She hadn't dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling--searching for what, or avoiding what, she didn't know. When she lands in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, her roommates introduce her to a whole new world, full of people who identify as queer, who modify their bodies and blur the line between woman and man, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to the people she once considered freaks, and before long, she is forging a path that is neither man nor woman, here nor there. This candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening brings readers into the world of the next generation of transgender warriors and tells a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.--From publisher description.
Ready-to-use Discussions for School and Youth Groups
Author: Jean Sunde Peterson
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Tested on thousands of teenagers in many different kinds of schools, this powerful resource provides guided discussions that are designed to effectively reach out to young people and address their social and emotional needs, making them realize that they are not alone. Original.