Just a Boy, Just a Girl
“My child will not talk about anything transgender. She just wants to be a girl.” Integrating transgender experience into core self is an important element of development for transgender youth, and can be incredibly difficult when transgender identities are not celebrated in their social environments. This integration seems to be more challenging for those who are transitioning early in life. This workshop will present strategies for helping youth to include their transgender selves into their identities. Case examples will be presented for assistance in illuminating the pros and cons of the “just a boy, just a girl” phenomenon. We will discuss the importance of parent and caregiver language that celebrates being transgender and encourages youth to embrace this part of their experience.