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You Can Make A Difference

May 25, 2017  Psychology Today  “… the first hurdle for any transgender child or adolescent is simply getting people to believe that they are, in fact, who they know themselves to be in terms of their gender identity, that they are capable of knowing whether they are a boy or a girl (or both or neither) regardless of their body parts”.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/transgender-children-and-youth/201705/you-can-make-difference

Resources for support of trans kids

May 1, 2017  Book Club audio interview on Reach MD with Dr. Maurice Pickard, MD

These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life, and kids are coming out as trans at younger and younger ages.  But what resources are available to parents, teachers, and mental health professionals who need to support these children?

https://www.reachmd.com/programs/book-club/transgender-children-and-youth-cultivating-pride-and-joy-families-transition/9557/

Understanding and Supporting Transgender Children

May 18, 2017    ABC 7 WJLA (Washington, D.C.) TV interview
Whether it is the bathroom issue in North Carolina, trans people in the military, or on television, trans life has become front and center after years of marginalization. ABC interviews Dr. Elijah Nealy.

You Gotta Believe

May 7, 2017   Adopting Teens and Tweens Radio Show WGBB 1040am

Dr. Nealy speaks about the great importance of working with families including foster, adoptive, biological, and kinship, when a youth is transitioning. A very interesting discussion about the needs of transgender youth and how to serve and assist both them and their families.

http://adoptingteensandtweens.com/2017/05/07/transgender-children-and-youth-with-author-professor-elijah-nealy/

Trans Is Beautiful

May 1, 2017   Big Think   These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life. Whether it is the bathroom issue in North Carolina, trans people in the military, or on television, trans life has become front and center after years of marginalization.    Trans Is Beautiful

 

 

In Defense of Gender Revolution, The Advocate

March 1, 2017  Commentary by Dr. Elijah Nealy. In Defense of Gender. 

These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life. Whether it is the bathroom issue in North Carolina, trans people in the military, or on television, trans life has become front and center after years of marginalization. This weekend the capital pride alliance will sponsor trans pride, and this morning Dr. Elijah C. Nealy, a therapist and trans man himself, has written the first-ever comprehensive guide to understanding, supporting, and welcoming trans kids. Tiara Gendi also joined us to talk about her experience.

http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2017/3/01/defense-gender-revolution

 

Healthy Communities

Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change.–  Harriet Lerner

Our personal recovery is essential to the health of the whole LGBT community. Our personal change and growth is intimately connected to the social and political changes necessary for the empowerment of the larger LGBT community.

As we become healthy, our community becomes healthy. As we heal ourselves and one another, we heal the LGBT community. As we free ourselves from the debilitating effects of societal homo- and trans-phobia, we free the LGBT community. As we learn to think and feel clearly, the LGBT community becomes empowered to think and feel more fully. As we discover our strength and power, the Queer community finds its strength and power for change.

The changes we make in our personal recovery are the foundation for changes in society. Eash step we take toward health ensures the health of the whole community. A sober, healthy Queer community is the only route to lasting social and political change.