Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

by Nicholas Teich

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Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas Teich

Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. The volume covers the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria 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 non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231157131
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 96,887
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jamison Green ix

Introduction: Why This Book Was Written and How It Is Laid Out xiii

Acknowledgments xxi

Chapter 1 What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?: An Introduction to the Term 1

Chapter 2 Sexual Orientation Versus Gender: What's the Difference? 14

Chapter 3 Coming Out as Transgender: When, Why, and How People Come Out 29

Chapter 4 Transition: The Social, the Emotional, and the Medical 45

Chapter 5 The History of Transgenderism and Its Evolution Over Time 62

Chapter 6 Transgenderism as a Mental Health Issue: The Controversy Over Transgender Identity as a Disorder 79

Chapter 7 Discrimination: Exploring the Barriers That Transpeople Face 97

Chapter 8 Lesser-Known Types of Transgenderism: Understanding Cross-Dressers, Genderqueer People, Drag Queens, and More 114

Appendix A Glossary 129

Appendix B Resources For Readers 137

Notes 141

Bibliography 153

Index 161

What People are Saying About This

Kevin J. Mahoney

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

Betty Morningstar

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

Bonnie R. Strickland

Like any emerging concept, the terms transgender and transgenderism have sometimes led to confusion and are subject to a myriad of interpretations. Nicholas M. Teich has written an insightful book that brings clarity and understanding to this subject. The information he transmits will be helpful to those experienced with the transgender population as well as those new to the concept.

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Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Andy2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I would recommend this book to my colleagues (mental health professionals) to gain a deeper understanding of transgender needs and development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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Great resource for anyone!