Just a Boy/Just a Girl
My child will not talk about anything related to being transgender. She says she wants to be “just a girl.” Integrating transgender experience into one’s core self is an important element of development for transgender youth. This can be incredibly difficult when transgender identities are not celebrated within 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 girl, just a boy” phenomenon. We will discuss the importance of parent/caregiver language that celebrates transgender identities and encourages youth to embrace this part of their experience.