It’s Transgender awareness week! This week is an awareness effort and platform for jump-starting the type of education and change needed to make it possible for transgender and gender nonconforming people to find the support they need and to decrease transphobia and misunderstandings. We spoke with Chris Wilson, PhD, on our mental health 10 at 10 to discuss what being transgender or gender non-conforming means, resources for parents and children, and so much more. Chris has his uper Doctorate in Human Sexuality, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Sex Therapist as well as an AAMFT approved supervisor, Certified Health Education Specialist and a Child Guidance alum. He shared some of his suggested reading and resources with us too, which are linked below.
Resources and recommendations:
- Aaron Devor
- The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
- On the Couch With Dr. Angello by Michele Angello
- She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
- Trasgender Emergence by Arlene Istar Lev
Suggestions for parents:
- The World Professional Association for Transgender Health at WPATH.org.
- PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. It’s focused more on sexual orientation but still is affirming of parents who have gender non-conforming children.
Resources for young people who need support:
- Delaware County and Philadelphia:
- Montgomery County:
If you have questions or would like to add any resources, please email us. Happy Transgender Awareness Week!