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The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

The Transgender Child

I'm giving this four stars though I personally lean towards 3-3.5. It seemed to me like the entire first half of the book aimed to teach parents not to bully and abuse their children. This section didn't really resonate with me and was very hard for me to read, but I recognize that it is sadly necessary in a book of this nature. I do appreciate that the authors come from a place of no judgment and meeting all parents wherever they may be. I hope many parents take their advice.

For me personally, it was drawn-out and repetitive. Maybe it's a lesson many parents need to hear more than once. I can be okay with that and rate it highly for what it aims to do for the market it's reaching out to.

The rest of the book was informative and pretty helpful. I especially appreciate the sections on dealing with schools and medical issues. The book answered many questions I had about medical procedures in a way that was easy for me to understand, and that's one of the things I was very much looking for.

Despite not particularly digging a large chunk, I may still invest in this book just to have or lend out. There are tons of great references shared throughout, and I would love to further educate myself. All in all, this is a great overview. I would definitely recommend it, especially for loved ones or professionals who are unfamiliar with transgender issues.


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Apr. 17th, 2017 09:35 am (UTC)
Even though its repetitive, not bullying people (even your own children) or being deliberately insensitive is a message people desperately need to hear and have drilled into their heads.
Apr. 17th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
It's a heartbreaking shame to think that's true, but I guess it must be.
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