Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. The volume covers the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members.
Like any emerging concept, the terms transgender and transgenderism have sometimes led to confusion and are subject to a myriad of interpretations. Nicholas M. Teich has written an insightful book that brings clarity and understanding to this subject. The information he transmits will be helpful to those experienced with the transgender population as well as those new to the concept. -- Bonnie R. Strickland, past president of the American Psychological Association
Nicholas M. Teich is a licensed social worker pursuing a Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, he trains and educates groups about gender issues and is the founder and president of Camp Aranu'tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children.
ForewordIntroduction: Why This Book Was Written and How It Is Laid OutAcknowledgments1. What Does It Mean to be Transgender?: An Introduction to the Term2. Sexual Orientation Versus Gender: What's the Difference?3. Coming Out as Transgender: When4. Transition: The Social5. The History of Transgenderism and Its Evolution Over Time6. Transgenderis as a Mental Health Issue: The Controversy Over Transgender Identity as a Disorder7. Discrimination: Exploring the Barriers That Transpeople Face8. Lesser-Known Types of Transgenderism: Understanding Cross-DressersAppendix A: GlossaryAppendix B: Resources for ReadersNotesBibliographyIndex