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Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth

Schools, Families, and Communities in Action


Elizabeth J. Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth brings together cuttingedge research, social action methods, and theory on the topic of transgender youth and gender creative children. Organized in three sections covering theoretical and clinical, educational, and community perspectives, the chapters specifically address issues and challenges in education, social work, medicine, and counseling as well as recommendations that are relevant for parents, families, practitioners, and educators alike. The result is a well-researched and accessible book that will provide support and knowledge to a broad audience of individuals invested in improving the social worlds of gender diverse children and youth.
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We would first like to thank the driving force behind this project and the lead investigator on our research team, Kimberly Manning. She had the vision and the drive to bring this project together and led the grant writing and conference organizing that produced this volume. This book simply would not exist without her. We are grateful for her dedication to the topic, her ability to juggle and multitask, and her leadership on this project. She is an amazing colleague and friend, and we consider ourselves quite fortunate to be able to work with her on such a meaningful project.

Another key player in organizing the conference that led to this volume is Jake Pyne. He was an amazing resource who helped make the first National Workshop on Gender Creative Kids (GCK Workshop) such a success. He brought his considerable expertise on the subject of transgender and gender-independent youth as well as his networks that strengthened the diversity of participants who attended and presented at this workshop. In addition to his knowledge and networks he put significant time and effort into all the nuts and bolts of coordinating and planning the conference. We could not have done it without him.

In addition to Jake’s contributions, there were several other Research Assistants (RAs) who contributed to the work that was presented at the conference and included here in this volume. Andrea Clegg worked on the education project and the GCK workshop, and provided valuable legal and policy...

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