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According to the author, “Today’s teens have access to a wealth of information on the internet. Teenagers who are wondering about gender identity soon find out ...
According to the author, “Today’s teens have access to a wealth of information on the internet. Teenagers who are wondering about gender identity soon find out what it means to be transgender or transsexual. Parents, on the other hand, know little about this topic. When a teenager declares he or she is transgender, parents fear that their child is confused and is choosing a life fraught with danger. I wrote this book to help parents gain an understanding of this complex subject.”
Helping Your Transgender Teen begins with the basic information you and your family need. The central chapters of the book address the fears and concerns most parents of transgender teens share. The final chapters guide you through the steps you can take to discover what is best for your child. Although written for parents, this book is also useful for pediatricians, therapists, educators and others who work with teenagers and young adults. Helping Your Transgender Teen provides answers to many of your questions about adolescent gender identity.
“Finding an easily readable, concrete and accessible book that targets the unique needs and concerns of parents of transgender teens has been difficult. Until now. Helping Your Transgender Teen provides information, support, understanding as well as hands-on ideas that parents can use to navigate both their child’s and their own transformation. Bravo!”
-Robin McHaelen, Executive Director of True Colors, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the needs and issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Resources remain scarce for loving parents who have chosen to take a new course and support their transgender child... There is a new option, Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger, a clinical social worker with years of experience. Krieger's style is gentle and accessible, yet it covers all of the basics. The best part is that, at 86 pages, it's the perfect intro for parents wanting to go where few parents have gone before -- support their transgender child.
-- Joanne Herman, author of Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not, Huffington Post, 6-11-11, "When Parents Reject Their Transgender Child"
This guide for parents of transgender teens is a well-written, easy reading, basic presentation of how to deal intelligently with your transgender or questioning teenager. Irwin Krieger is a clinical social worker with more than 25 years experience working with the LGBT community.
There are a number of books about understanding our transgender children of all ages. Many of them are more psychological treatises that are not necessarily the best introduction for “new” parents. Others relate best to adult transgender awareness, while others are directed toward helping parents accept the reality of gender variance themselves rather than dealing with their child.
More and more teens are self-identifying as transgender. They need the love and support of their families. Helping Your Transgender Teen is an excellent choice for their parents.
-- Dave Parker, PFLAG Transgender Network
As an Endocrinologist who treats transgender youth, I am both delighted by the insight Irwin Krieger brings to this topic as well as thankful for the availability of this publication which I use as a tool in managing patients on a day to day basis. I highly recommend Krieger's book as a resource for parents to demystify the transition their child is going through. Krieger writes with incredible accessibility in a warm and friendly tone. Chapters are divided logically into easy to digest pieces that explain terms like "gender identity", "gender dysphoria", and "gender expression" to the reader who may have any level of prior understanding of this topic, or none at all. Never one to alienate, Krieger describes not only what to expect from a social and medical point of view during transition, but also addresses common concerns from the transgender teenage perspective. The period of transition can be a challenging experience for parents but a remarkably healing and relieving one for their trans-children, and this book will aid everyone involved to a better understanding and acceptance of this condition.
--Dr. Ilja Hulinsky, Endocrinologist, West Haven, CT and New York City