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8 Invaluable Books To Support You And Your Transgender Child

8 incredibly useful resources that will guide you through the challenges and triumphs.

If you’re a parent with little sense of direction right now, these books are a wonder of the universe. They provide amazing tips and strategies to bond even closer with your child. They’ve given us a new sense of understanding and care for young trans people.
There’s nothing wrong about not knowing enough about the transgender experience, but these books and learning is crucial to avoid alienation. Take the path to acceptance and maintain your unconditional love and respect with these beautiful parent-child transgender books.

#1 Transgender 101 by Nicholas Teich

This book is an obvious pick for anyone looking to be supportive of the transgender in their life. It’s particularly relevant for parents of transgender kids because it’s an all-encompassing guide to the unique experiences of a trans person. Ranging from an introduction to the terminology to the difficulties of discrimination, this eye-opening book covers all bases.

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#2 100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity by Michigan State School of Journalism

100 Questions and Answers About Transgender People is part of the Michigan State University School of Journalism series on cultural competence.

The guide is written for those who want quick answers to basic, introductory questions about transgender people. It is a starting point, for family members, teachers, people in business, places of worship, government, medicine, law enforcement, human resources and journalism who want to get a fast grounding. The guide suggests resources for those who then want greater depth.

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#3 The Transgender Teen by Stephanie A. Brill

A comprehensive guidebook that explores the challenges that a thousand of families face raising a teenager who may be transgender, non binary and more… The authors covers concerns such development, social pressures, medical considerations and family communications. Learn how parents can more deeply understand their children and raise their transgender teen with love and compassion.

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#4 This Is How It Always Is by LAURIE FRANKEL

This is a book that really challenges the reader, as the focus is placed on a very open-minded and supportive family with a child who is challenged by the norms associated with their biological sex in comparison to how they identify in regard to gender. It takes a very honest and realistic look at the challenges that accompany issues regarding gender identity even amid a very progressive, loving and supportive family.

It shines lights on holes in society and the nuclear family in their capacity too provide adequate support and acceptance for a child who expresses a gender identification that is different than their biological sex. By placing this story within a very progressive, open-minded, forward-thinking family, it highlights the complexity of issues and failures in structure to properly support a young person who identifies with gender norms that are different from their biological sex.

It is also a very loving book where the child’s gender identity is treated with a tremendous amount of compassion, intelligence, and hard work by the parents to be the best parents possible. As opposed to a lot of stories where the focus is placed on how family, school, society, etc. fail the child through a lack of tolerance, understanding and effort, this book’s robust efforts to do what is best for the child, highlights just how severely social norms can impact gender identity that is different from biological sex.

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#5 Both Sides Now by Dhillon Khosla

Born with the body of a female, Dhillon Khosla knew very early on that his true identity was male, yet he spent nearly two decades repressing that knowledge and trying to embrace his female form. Both Sides Now is a vivid and compelling account of how one man’s search for wholeness led him through multiple, complex, and life-threatening surgeries that transformed him not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.

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#6 Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

Looking for LGBTQ books that offer guidance on providing loving support to your LGBT child? Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child provides parents of LGBTQ children with a framework for navigating through a world that isn’t always welcoming.

Author Telaina Eriksen, a professor at Michigan State University and the mother of a gay daughter, explains what she and her husband have learned through experience, including how to respond to gay children coming out, confront bullying of gay children, become an advocate for gay children, and build a support system in a gay family. Eriksen also covers the science on gender and sexuality and how to help a transgender child through the various stages of development.

Throughout the book, parents and kids who have been there share their stories. LGBTQ parents will learn everything from how to help their child navigate locker rooms, sleepovers, and school dances to ways to educate well-meaning, but misguided extended family members.

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#7 Pride & Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes by Kathleen Archambeau

Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes tells the stories of queer citizens of the world living happy, fulfilling, successful lives. Diverse and global. Famous and unsung. There is a story here for everyone in the LGBT community who has ever questioned their sexual orientation or gender identity, or discovered it.

Discover LGBTQ community stories that will stir you and reveal why Tony Kushner quit cello and how Colm Toibin found his voice; why Emma Donoghue calls her experience a fluke and the best advice Bill T. Jones got was from his mother; how being an inaugural poet changed Richard Blanco’s life and how Ugandan activist Long Jones escaped death threats and gained asylum. Award-winning writer and longtime LGBTQ activist Kathleen Archambeau tells the untold stories from diverse LGBT community voices around the corner or around the world.

Not like the depressing, sinister, shadowy stories of the past, this book highlights queer people living open, happy, fulfilling and successful lives.

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#8 We Make It Better by Eric Rosswood and Kathleen Archambeau

We’re here, we’re queer, and we make the world a better place. People in the LGBTQ community have made positive contributions throughout history and we continue to improve society today. In We Make It Better, Eric Rosswood and Kathleen Archambeau share inspirational stories of queer icons in a series of revealing close-ups, first-person accounts, and intimate snapshots of LGBTQ pioneers and heroes.

Did you know that Apple (the largest tech company in the world) is run by Tim Cook, an openly gay man? Did you know one of the biggest blockbuster sci-fi movie franchises was directed by the Wachowskis, two transgender women who also happen to be siblings? Did you know that Iceland’s first female prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, was also the world’s first openly gay head of government? We set trends in fashion, film, music, art, and technology. We’re Academy Award winners, Grammy Award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Olympic Gold medalists. We’re doctors, lawyers, judges, politicians, and religious leaders. We run businesses and we run countries. You’ll be inspired to take PRIDE in your community as you learn about some of the LGBTQ heroes who have done all of this and more.

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Contributors to this article
Adina Mahalli from EnlightenedReality

Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio

Kevin Creamer from Kevin Creamer Therapy

Jay Hartman from Untreed Reads Publishing

Christina McCall from Mango Publishing

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