Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community

ISBN : 9780199325351

Laura Erickson-Schroth
672 Pages
216 x 280 mm
Pub date
Jul 2014
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There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender non-conforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex (traditionally thought of as physical or biological) is as variable as gender (traditionally thought of as social). While trans people share many common experiences, there is immense diversity within trans communities. There are an estimated 700,000 transgendered individuals in the US and 15 million worldwide. Even still, there's been a notable lack of organized information for this sizable group. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a revolutionary resource-a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors. Inspired by Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic and powerful compendium written for and by women, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more. Anonymous quotes and testimonials from transgender people who have been surveyed about their experiences are woven throughout, adding compelling, personal voices to every page. In this unique way, hundreds of viewpoints from throughout the community have united to create this strong and pioneering book. It is a welcoming place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life.


Chapter 1: Our Many Selves
Chapter 2: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
Chapter 3: Immigrant Identity
Chapter 4: Disabilities and Deafness
Chapter 5: Sex and Gender Development
Chapter 6: Coming Out
Chapter 7: Religion and Spirituality
Chapter 8: Social Transition
Chapter 9: Employment
Chapter 10: Legal
Chapter 11: Immigration Issues
Chapter 12: General Sexual and Reproductive Health
Chapter 13: Medical Transition
Chapter 14: Surgical Transition
Chapter 15: Mental Health Supports and Services
Chapter 16: Mental Health Concerns
Chapter 17: Relationships
Chapter 18: Sexuality
Chapter 19: Parenthood
Chapter 20: Children
Chapter 21: Youth
Chapter 22: Aging
Chapter 23: History
Chapter 24: Arts and Culture
Chapter 25: Political Action and Organizing

About the author: 

Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, is a psychiatry resident at New York University Medical Center. She is a board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, as well as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. She is a founding member of the Gender and Family Network of New York City, a group for service providers interested in the health of gender non-conforming children and adolescents.

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