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Like any emerging concept, the terms transgender and transgenderism have sometimes led to confusion and are subject to a myriad of interpretations. Nicholas M. Teich has written an insightful book that brings clarity and understanding to this subject. The information he transmits will be helpful to those experienced with the transgender population as well as those new to the concept. -- Bonnie R. Strickland, past president of the American Psychological Association

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Foreword Introduction: Why This Book Was Written and How It Is Laid Out Acknowledgments 1. What Does It Mean to be Transgender?: An Introduction to the Term 2. Sexual Orientation Versus Gender: What's the Difference? 3. Coming Out as Transgender: When 4. Transition: The Social 5. The History of Transgenderism and Its Evolution Over Time 6. Transgenderis as a Mental Health Issue: The Controversy Over Transgender Identity as a Disorder 7. Discrimination: Exploring the Barriers That Transpeople Face 8. Lesser-Known Types of Transgenderism: Understanding Cross-Dressers Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: Resources for Readers Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Nicholas M. Teich is a licensed social worker pursuing a Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, he trains and educates groups about gender issues and is the founder and president of Camp Aranu'tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children.


Transgender 101 is a highly readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and medical and social realities of the transgender population. Teich uses insights from his personal and clinical experience and from the growing body of literature in transgender studies to educate the professional and lay communities on the many layered meanings and manifestations of transgenderism. This comprehensive introduction informs without being self-absorbed or polemical. -- Betty Morningstar, president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers In an eminently readable fashion, Teich covers topics ranging from the underlying sociological concepts of sex, gender, and sexual identification to the experiences of 'coming out' and 'transitioning." He then situates the 'trans' person in an historical context-examining the mental health and medical ramifications of the way society has viewed and (mis)treated the change from imputed to 'authentic' sex. I am glad I read this book. -- Kevin J. Mahoney, professor and director of the Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College ...a fascinating read... effectively raising questions and prompting discussions about assumptions we've always taken for granted... Bibrary Book Lust ...highly recommended reading as a user-friendly introduction. Youth Today

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