Gender Dysphoria: Beyond the Diagnosis
Why is my child still struggling after starting hormones? While Gender Dysphoria is widely recognized as the persistent distress that arises from the incongruence between one’s assigned sex at birth and one’s gender identity, the manner and scope of how gender dysphoria impacts transgender youth is rarely talked about. This workshop will dive deeper into the nuances of gender dysphoria, explore alternative ways it may present itself, the potential impact it has on the development trajectories of transgender youth, how transfeminine and transmasculine youth are affected differently, and how racism and transphobia create unique challenges for transgender people of color. Examples from our own experiences working with youth will highlight some of the features discussed in the lecture portion.