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The Transgender Child: Revised & Updated Edition

A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Nonbinary Children

Published by Cleis Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Ever since its initial publication in 2008, The Transgender Child has been lauded as the most trusted source of information for families wanting to understand and affirm their transgender, gender-expansive, or nonbinary child. Utilized around the world and translated into multiple languages, The Transgender Child has won accolades from medical and mental health professionals, teachers, and, most especially, from parents. Authors Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper have now thoroughly revised and updated their ground-breaking classic with expanded coverage of gender development, affirming parenting practices, mental health and wellness, medical decision making, legal advocacy, and how best to ensure school success, from preschool through the high school years. Drawing upon their extensive joint expertise as pioneers in the field of gender affirming care, and enriched with the wisdom of parents who’ve already walked this path, as well as the voices of multiple professional experts, Brill and Pepper once again provide a compassionate and educational guide for anyone who cares about, or works with, a child who falls outside expected gender norms.

About The Authors

Stephanie Brill is a leading expert on a broad range of topics related to gender diversity. She is the author of landmark books including The Transgender Child and The Transgender Teen. She is the founder and Board Chair of Gender Spectrum, an organization at the forefront of work related to children, youth, and gender. She is also co-founder and Board Chair of Reimagine Gender, an organization working with corporations, NGOs, legislators, and policy makers to open a world of possibilities for all people to realize their potential by addressing and expanding today’s limiting concepts of gender.

Rachel Pepper is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose specialties include working with the LGBT community. She is the author of several books, including The Transgender Child, and the award-winning collection, Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender Children. She lives on an urban farm in The Bay Area of California with her family, her dog, a couple of cats, and a flock of chickens.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Cleis Press (June 14, 2022)
  • Length: 408 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781627783248

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Raves and Reviews

"It is often hard for parents of transgender and gender diverse children to know what information to turn to, but The Transgender Child captures the emotions, experiences, and evidence-based information that parents, providers, and allies need to best understand and support such children. This is a book you can trust!"

– Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH, EdM, pediatrician and child psychiatrist, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

"As a pediatrician, The Transgender Child is the number one book I recommend over and over to every parent with a gender diverse child and to every colleague seeking to self-educate on the gender spectrum and the emergence of childhood gender identity."

– Paria Hassouri, MD., Pediatrician at Cedars Sinai Medical Group

"The Transgender Child is an essential guide for parents and caregivers, rooted in research and love. If there’s a gender non-conforming kid in your life, this is the perfect place to start learning how to support them. My family’s journey began here, and we’ll always be grateful for this clear, thoughtful, caring book."

– —Jesse Thorn, Host of NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

"This revised edition of The Transgender Child once again sets the bar for understanding and supporting transgender and other gender diverse young people."

– Joel Baum, Senior Director, Gender Spectrum

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