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Trans Kids and Teens: Pride, Joy, and Families in Transition

Trans Kids and Teens: Pride, Joy, and Families in Transition

by Elijah C. Nealy


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A comprehensive guide to the medical, emotional, and social issues of trans kids.

These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life. Whether it is the bathroom issue in North Carolina, trans people in the military, or on television, trans life has become front and center after years of marginalization.

And kids are coming out as trans at younger and younger ages, which is a good thing for them.

But what written resources are available to parents, teachers, and mental health professionals who need to support these children?

Elijah C. Nealy, a therapist and former deputy executive director of New York City’s LGBT Community Center, and himself a trans man, has written the first-ever comprehensive guide to understanding, supporting, and welcoming trans kids.

Covering everything from family life to school and mental health issues, as well as the physical, social, and emotional aspects of transition, this book is full of best practices to support trans kids.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393713992
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, MDiv,
LCSW, is assistant professor in the Department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. As an out transgender man, he has spent the past twenty- five years working extensively within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Foundations for Understanding Transgender Youth 1

1 Talking Trans: Basic Terms and Vocabulary 3

2 Gender Diversity and Gender Dysphoria 15

3 Trans Kids in Therapy 32

4 When a Young Person Comes Out: Disclosure and Social Transition 56

5 Medical Transition 84

6 Transgender Adolescents 116

Part 2 Trans Youth and the World Around Them 137

7 Helping Families 139

8 Beyond Help to a Deeper Understanding 165

9 All About School 201

10 Beyond Coming Out: Living a Life 235

11 Preparing for College and Work 269

Part 3 Supporting Trans Youth 287

12 The Mental Health Professional 289

13 Top 10 Life-Affirming Practices for Adults in the Lives of Trans Kids 319

Appendix A Legal Issues 327

Appendix B Resources 343

Appendix C Sample Mental Health Letters 367

References 381

Index 397