Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issueby Nicholas M Teich
Written by a social worker, popular educator, and transgender man, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and unique experiences of discrimination. The first guide to treat transgenderism as a distinct topic of study, this text moves beyond mere anecdote and recommendations for clinical
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Written by a social worker, popular educator, and transgender man, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and unique experiences of discrimination. The first guide to treat transgenderism as a distinct topic of study, this text moves beyond mere anecdote and recommendations for clinical practice to legitimatize transgenderism in society and culture.
Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its affect on family and friends; the relationship between sexual orientation and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism; the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder; and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of "normal" society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. The book features men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications. Written for friends, family members, students, and professionals, this resource works as a stand alone text for social work and gender studies courses as well as a supportive text for sociologists, psychologists, and clinical practitioners. A special focus on issues affecting transgender youth, along with a glossary of key terms and helpful resources, makes this an ideal guide for younger audiences as well as those invested in their care.
In this straightforward and readable introduction, topics include the distinctions among gender identity and sexual orientation, coming out, and social and medical transition as well as history, transgender as a mental illness, and discrimination. Teich provides anecdotes from his personal and professional lives. Both educational and entertaining.
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I read Transgender 101 in a single sitting on a flight across the country. In an eminently readable fashion, Nick Teich covers topics ranging from the underlying sociological concepts of sex, gender and sexual identification to the experiences of "coming out" and "transitioning". He then situates the "trans" person in an historical context -- examining the mental health and medical ramifications of the way the change from imputed sex to "authentic" sex has been viewed and (mis)treated by society. I am glad I read this book.
Kevin J. Mahoney, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Participant-Directed Services, Boston College
Transgender 101 is a highly readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and the medical and social realities of the transgender population. Teich uses insights from his personal and clinical experience and from the growing body of literature in transgender studies to educate the professional and lay communities on the many layered meanings and manifestations of transgenderism. This comprehensive introduction to the subject informs without being self-absorbed or polemical.
Betty Morningstar, MSW, Ph.D, President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
Meet the Author
Nicholas M. Teich is a licensed social worker pursuing a Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, he trains and educates groups about gender issues and is the founder and president of Camp Aranu’tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children.
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This book was very helpful to my friends and family in helping to understand about transgender people. It is very well-written in a style that is easy to read, fun, and helpful.
Fantastic! I would recommend this book to my colleagues (mental health professionals) to gain a deeper understanding of transgender needs and development.
The book is good, however, I'd like to say asexual doesn't always mean no romantic attraction, however it does mean less or no sexual attraction. Thanks!
Great resource for anyone!