A refreshing and much-needed contribution to the public debates about the rights of transgender people. In this scholarly, yet easy-to-read book, the author gives clear, insightful accounts of what she learned while serving a church in which ten percent of the members identified as trans men, trans women, cross-dressers, or genderqueer, and how it motivated her to learn about gender variant people and put her in situations where her previous understanding of the Bible was greatly expanded. She explores: 1. Whether or not God creates only two genders; 2. What Jesus had to say about gender variance; 3. Various understandings of “the cross-dressing passage”; 4. Gender variant groups and individuals in scripture; 5. The movement, within scripture itself, from the exclusion of gender variant people to their inclusion within the people of God. Includes a section with practical suggestions from the author and a discussion guide that can be used with a book group or as a Bible study. A must read for all pastors, chaplains, counselors, and congregants, and for family and friends of transgender people, as well as for gender variant individuals seeking to find their stories in the biblical narrative, and desiring to know how scripture supports them.
This collection by trans and non-trans academics and artists from the United States, the UK, and continental Europe, examines how transgenderism can be conceptualized in a literary, biographical, and autobiographical framework, with emphasis on place, ethnicity and visibility. The volume covers the 1950s to the present day and examines autobiographical accounts and films featuring gender transition. Chapters focus on various stages of transitioning. Interviews with trans people are also provided.
Author: Gianna E. Israel
Publisher: Temple University Press
Release Date: 2001-03
Genre: Health & Fitness
By empowering clients to be well informed medical consumers and by delivering care providers from the straitjacket of inadequate diagnostic standards and stereotypes, this book sets out to transform the nature of transgender care. In an accessible style, Gianna Israel and Donald Tarver discuss the key mental health issues, with much attention to the vexed relationship between professionals and clients. They propose a new professional role, that of the "Gender Specialist." The authors have also provided useful listings of organizations, centers, and World Wide Web sites.Transgender Care has been reviewed by a national committee of professionals and consumers, some of whose members contributed essays in the second part of the book.
Author: Tiffany Jones
Release Date: 2015-01-09
Genre: Social Science
This Briefs is the first national study on female-to-male (FtM) transgender people’s experiences in Australia. It describes an extensive study that fills the current gap in Australian research on the specific experiences and beliefs about transition for contemporary Australian FtM transgender people. Following an overview of current literature on the various aspects of and approaches to transgender issues, this briefs describes in detail the design, participants and findings of the study. The Briefs offers useful statistics and stories related to participants' identities, education, health, sexual and social lives. It ends with recommendations to all those working in the various offices and institutions that FtM transgender people encounter in their everyday life, and represents and invaluable resource for researchers, service providers and gender diverse communities alike.
“Out of the Blue” is a mother’s story of her family’s transformation after learning their daughter wanted to become their son. Part study on GLBT social issues, part revelation of the personal journey toward accepting her transgender child, the author suggests that parents who say, “I just want my child to be happy!” might not realize what that really means. At last. A smart, wise, and practical User’s Manual of a memoir for ordinary small-town families whose children are no longer “normal” in the eyes of neighbors, relatives, and fellow churchgoers. Written for parents who feel lost, ashamed, and utterly helpless, this book offers down-to-earth examples of what to read, how to listen, and where to seek support from surprisingly sympathetic sources. Moore is a brave and unusual writer who includes notes, essays, and manifestos by others whose interpretations of family lore may be more accurate that her own. She moves back and forth in time to face her illusions, change her mind, and rethink past attitudes. This is the real deal: a how-to guide that keeps on working. Sheryl O'Donnell, Professor of English University of North Dakota This touching account of a family’s journey, from a mom’s perspective, is not only heartwarming, but enlightening at the same time. The author opened her heart to her readers and shared the ups and downs her family faced during this unique time in their life. As a mom of an openly gay son myself, I have encountered several of the same thoughts, questions, confusions, and uncertainties as this author has shared in her story. We never get to etch out the exact path our children will walk in life, but reassuring them that they’re loved and cherished, UNCONDITIONALLY, is key in any person’s growth and inner strength. Regardless of your viewpoint on GLBT issues, this story will apply to some aspect of life for all parents, and what they want for their children. This is a must read to understand the thoughts, struggles, joys, and reliefs that go along with a transgender journey. Very well written; a treasured account of a mother’s love. Karyn Hippen, author “Make Me New: one woman’s fight to mend a broken past”
Author: Matt Kailey
Publisher: Beacon Press
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science
A transsexual takes readers on a fascinating tour of his gender reassignment surgery and its aftermath, beginning with his life as a straight woman, exploring all aspects of this difficult physical and social passage from one gender to another.
Author: Ephraim Das Janssen
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release Date: 2017-09-07
Just what is gender, and what can be expected of it when dealing with identity, justice, and equality? Ephraim Das Janssen uses a phenomenological approach to challenge and dismantle the way gender is currently understood. Janssen questions ideas that have formerly been taken for granted, as individuals did during the Civil Rights movement, the women’s movement, and the LGBT rights movement. In so doing he recasts the moral debate about gender and grounds his analysis in observable aspects such as clothing and social roles and how these can imply transgression and questioning. Janssen shakes the very core of gender through a deep engagement with Being and the structures that confine our contemporary notions.
Author: Susan Stryker
Release Date: 2013-10-18
Transgender studies is the latest area of academic inquiry to grow out of the exciting nexus of queer theory, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality. Because transpeople challenge our most fundamental assumptions about the relationship between bodies, desire, and identity, the field is both fascinating and contentious. The Transgender Studies Reader puts between two covers fifty influential texts with new introductions by the editors that, taken together, document the evolution of transgender studies in the English-speaking world. By bringing together the voices and experience of transgender individuals, doctors, psychologists and academically-based theorists, this volume will be a foundational text for the transgender community, transgender studies, and related queer theory.
Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
Release Date: 2011-06-24
At a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals--often referred to under the umbrella acronym LGBT--are becoming more visible in society and more socially acknowledged, clinicians and researchers are faced with incomplete information about their health status. While LGBT populations often are combined as a single entity for research and advocacy purposes, each is a distinct population group with its own specific health needs. Furthermore, the experiences of LGBT individuals are not uniform and are shaped by factors of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographical location, and age, any of which can have an effect on health-related concerns and needs. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People assesses the state of science on the health status of LGBT populations, identifies research gaps and opportunities, and outlines a research agenda for the National Institute of Health. The report examines the health status of these populations in three life stages: childhood and adolescence, early/middle adulthood, and later adulthood. At each life stage, the committee studied mental health, physical health, risks and protective factors, health services, and contextual influences. To advance understanding of the health needs of all LGBT individuals, the report finds that researchers need more data about the demographics of these populations, improved methods for collecting and analyzing data, and an increased participation of sexual and gender minorities in research. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People is a valuable resource for policymakers, federal agencies including the National Institute of Health (NIH), LGBT advocacy groups, clinicians, and service providers.
Author: David Valentine
Publisher: Duke University Press
Release Date: 2007-08-09
Genre: Social Science
Imagining Transgender is an ethnography of the emergence and institutionalization of transgender as a category of collective identity and political activism. Embraced by activists in the early 1990s to advocate for gender-variant people, the category quickly gained momentum in public health, social service, scholarly, and legislative contexts. Working as a safer-sex activist in Manhattan during the late 1990s, David Valentine conducted ethnographic research among mostly male-to-female transgender-identified people at drag balls, support groups, cross-dresser organizations, clinics, bars, and clubs. However, he found that many of those labeled “transgender” by activists did not know the term or resisted its use. Instead, they self-identified as “gay,” a category of sexual rather than gendered identity and one rejected in turn by the activists who claimed these subjects as transgender. Valentine analyzes the reasons for and potential consequences of this difference, and how social theory is implicated in it. Valentine argues that “transgender” has been adopted so rapidly in the contemporary United States because it clarifies a model of gender and sexuality that has been gaining traction within feminism, psychiatry, and mainstream gay and lesbian politics since the 1970s: a paradigm in which gender and sexuality are distinct arenas of human experience. This distinction and the identity categories based on it erase the experiences of some gender-variant people—particularly poor persons of color—who conceive of gender and sexuality in other terms. While recognizing the important advances transgender has facilitated, Valentine argues that a broad vision of social justice must include, simultaneously, an attentiveness to the politics of language and a recognition of how social theoretical models and broader political economies are embedded in the day-to-day politics of identity.