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The trans generation : how trans kids (and their parents) are creating a gender revolution  Cover Image Book Book

The trans generation : how trans kids (and their parents) are creating a gender revolution

Travers, Ann (author.).

Summary: "In this fascinating account, Ann Travers shows that from very early ages, some as young as two and three years old, trans kids find themselves to be different from the sex category that was assigned to them at birth. How they make their voices heard--to their parents and friends, in the schools, in public spaces, and through the courts--is the focus of this remarkable and groundbreaking book. Based on interviews with transgender kids, ranging in age from 4 to 20, and their parents, and over five years of research in the US and Canada, The Trans Generation offers a rare look into what it is like to grow up as a trans child. From daycare to birthday parties and from the playground to the school bathroom, Travers takes the reader inside the day-to-day realities of trans kids who regularly experience crisis as a result of the restrictive ways in which sex categories regulate their lives and put pressure on them to deny their internal sense of who they are in gendered terms. As a transgender person and as an advocate for trans kids, Travers is able to document from first-hand experience the difficulties of growing up trans and the challenges that parents can face. The book shows the incredible time, energy, and love that these parents give to their children, even in the face of, at times, unsupportive communities, schools, courts, health systems, and government laws. Keeping in mind that all trans kids are among the most vulnerable to bullying, violent attacks, self-harm and suicide, and that those who struggle with poverty, racism, lack of parental support, learning differences, etc., are extremely at risk, Travers offers ways to support all trans kids through policy recommendations and activist interventions. Ultimately, the book is meant to open up options for kids' own gender self-determination, to question the need for the sex binary, and to highlight ways that cultural and material resources can be redistributed more equitably. The Trans Generation offers an essential and important new understanding of childhood."--Book jacket.

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  • ISBN: 9781479885794
  • ISBN: 1479885797
  • Physical Description: print
    vii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- Transgender kids -- Schools -- Spaces -- Parents -- Supportive healthcare -- Conclusion: beyond hope.
Subject: Transgender children
Parents of transgender children
Transgender people Identity
Gender identity Law and legislation

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