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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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Glossary of Terms


This glossary is intended to help readers navigate this volume and contemporary resources or conversations about trans/gender diversity. Please note that definitions refer to common usage at the time of publication.

Ally Someone who, while not necessarily identifying as a member of an oppressed group or experiencing a particular oppression, commits to lessening the effects of that oppression on group members through interpersonal or structural change.

assigned sex or assigned gender The designation, usually male or female, given to infants at the time of their birth and based in most cases on a cursory visual inspection of primary sex characteristics. See also intersex.

bisexual A person who is attracted to some members of both sexes to varying degrees. The prefix “bi” references the idea that there are only two sexes. Other related terms that are distanced from the two-sex model are omnisexual and pansexual.

cisgender (adj.) A term characterizing people who are not transgender or transsexual or whose gender aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth.

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