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From contributors to The Conversation, a look at gender diversity in the twenty-first century and the intricate and intersecting challenges faced by trans and nonbinary people.

With media amplifying the voices of anti-trans legislators and critics, it is important to turn to the stories, research, and expertise of trans and nonbinary people in order to understand the reality of their experiences. In The Conversation on Gender Diversity, editor Jules Gill-Peterson assembles essential essays from The Conversation U.S. by experts on gender diversity. The essays guide readers through seldom-covered…

From contributors to The Conversation, a look at gender diversity in the twenty-first century and the intricate and intersecting challenges faced by trans and nonbinary people.

With media amplifying the voices of anti-trans legislators and critics, it is important to turn to the stories, research, and expertise of trans and nonbinary people in order to understand the reality of their experiences. In The Conversation on Gender Diversity, editor Jules Gill-Peterson assembles essential essays from The Conversation U.S. by experts on gender diversity. The essays guide readers through seldom-covered aspects of transgender history and present an overview of the social and political barriers that disenfranchise trans people and attempt to remove them from public life.

As these essays collectively show, trans and nonbinary people may be forced to be the face of gender and its diversity, but the cultural, political, and social realities of gender connect—and subject—everyone. Despite these challenges, there is an immense culture of love and support across the queer community that is bolstered by activists and allies working against transphobic attacks. Trans and gender-diverse youth are growing up in a world filled with ever-increasing hurdles and rising danger, even with the contemporary public recognition of trans life in culture and media. But they are not facing these challenges alone.

The Critical Conversations series collects relevant essays from top scholars on timely topics, including water, biotechnology, gender diversity, gun culture, and more, originally published on the independent news site The Conversation U.S.

Contributors: Robert L. Abreu, Catherine Armstrong, Stacy Branham, Christopher Carpenter, L. F. Carver, Mandy Coles, Arin Collin, George B. Cunningham, Avery Dame-Griff, Jules Gill-Peterson, Abbie Goldberg, Gilbert Gonzales, Frances Grimstad, Foad Hamidi, Elizabeth Heineman, Glen Hosking, Bethany Grace Howe, Jay A. Irwin, Shanna K. Kattari, Kacie Kidd, Terry Kogan, Vanessa LoBue, Gabriel Lockett, Megan K. Maas, Julie Manning Magid, Em Matsuno, Tey Meadow, Kyl Myers, Madeleine Pape, Ruth Pearce, Jae A. Puckett, Samantha G. Rosenthal, Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, Elizabeth A. Sharrow, Carl Sheperis, Donna Sheperis, stef m. shuster, Jules Sostre, Ryan Storr, Carl Streed, Diana M. Tordoff, Travers

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In a series of short and incisive essays, The Conversation on Gender Diversity offers a poignant, accessible, and lucid crash course on the growing politicization of trans lives. Under its exquisite editorship, the anthology exposes the heartlessness of the current sociopolitical climate—and the ongoing promise of trans love and joy.

The Conversation on Gender Diversity is as approachable as it is complete in its invitation to bear witness, listen, hear, and then do the work of trans liberation. As the book's editor and chapter authors note, the time is now, and this book is the perfect place to start.

With intellectual flare and political passion, this collection of essays from key writers and those newer to the field covers a vital range of topics as they impact on the lives of trans and nonbinary people: from trans histories to contemporary shifts in understanding and practicing gender; from the experiences of trans and nonbinary children to health care, policy, and human rights. This book is crucial reading and could not be timelier.

The Conversation on Gender Diversity introduces its readers to the depth and breadth of trans lives, past and present. This insightful and compassionate book provides quick introductory summaries of topics ranging from trans history and medical care to the fight for full rights and inclusion. Readers leave each essay knowing something new and eager to learn more.

A wonderful collection of accessible essays providing insights into gender diversity, trans history, healthcare, and discrimination. A much-needed resource for facilitating understanding and countering anti-trans propaganda and political campaigns.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
Part I. Lessons from Transgender History
1. Forgotten Figures Who Challenged Gender Expression and Identity Centuries Ago
2. Trans Kids in the US Were Seeking Treatment

Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
Part I. Lessons from Transgender History
1. Forgotten Figures Who Challenged Gender Expression and Identity Centuries Ago
2. Trans Kids in the US Were Seeking Treatment Decades before Today's Political Battles over Access to Health Care
3. The Early 20th-Century German Trans-Rights Activist Who Was Decades Ahead of His Time
4. How the Bulletin Board Systems, Email Lists, and GeoCities Pages of the Early Internet Created a Place for Trans Youth to Find One Another and Explore Coming Out
5. Trans People Have a Long History in Appalachia—but Politicians Prefer to Ignore It
Part II. Cultural Change and the Gender Binary
6. What Are Gender Pronouns and Why Is It Important to Use the Right Ones?
7. How Did Public Bathrooms Get to Be Separated by Sex in the First Place?
8. How Toys Became Gendered—and Why It'll Take More Than a Gender-Neutral Doll to Change How Boys Perceive Femininity
9. Trans Youth Are Coming Out and Living in Their Gender Much Earlier than Older Generations
10. Trans Day of Visibility Offers Chance for Community to Stand in Solidarity and Support
11. Transgender People of Color Face Unique Challenges as Gender Discrimination and Racism Intersect
Part III. Transgender Children and Youth
12. When Do Children Develop Their Gender Identity?
13. How Parents Can Support a Child Who Comes Out as Trans
14. How to Know If Your Kid Is Transgender
15. 7 Tips for LGBTQ Parents to Help Schools Fight Stigma and Ignorance
16. Nearly 10 Percent of Youth in One Urban School District Identify as Gender-Diverse
17. 5 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Avoid Gender Stereotypes
18. How to Tell If Your College Is Trans-Inclusive
19. Transgender Youth on Puberty Blockers and Gender-Affirming Hormones Have Lower Odds of Depression and Suicidal Thoughts, a Study Finds
Part IV. Transgender Health Care and Medicine
20. Sex and Gender Both Shape Your Health, in Different Ways
21. I'm a Pediatrician Who Cares for Transgender Kids—Here's What You Need to Know about Social Support, Puberty Blockers, and Other Medical Options That Improve the Lives of Transgender Youth
22. Two Classes of Trans Kids Are Emerging—Those Who Have Access to Puberty Blockers and Those Who Don't
23. Doctors Treating Trans Youth Grapple with Uncertainty, Lack of Training
24. Conversion Therapy Is Discredited and Increases Risk of Suicide
25. Not Everyone Is Male or Female—the Growing Controversy over Sex Designation
26. Transgender and Nonbinary People Face Health Care Discrimination Every Day in the US
27. Denying Transgender Identity Has Serious Impact on Mental Health
Part V. Trans Rights Are Human Rights, but Rights Are Not Enough
28. A Supreme Court Decision to Grant Protections to LGBT Workers Is an Important Interpretation of the Civil Rights Act
29. Transgender Americans Still Face Workplace Discrimination despite Some Progress
30. Giving Birth as a Father—Experiences of Trans Birthing Parents 
31. Gender Is Personal—Not Computational
32. Transgender Americans Are More Likely to Be Unemployed and Poor
33. How High School Sports Became the Latest Battleground over Transgender Rights
34. How the Olympics Shifted Away from Testosterone Tests and toward Human Rights
Suggested Supplementary Reading
Contributors
Index

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Jules Gill-Peterson

Jules Gill-Peterson (BALTIMORE, MD) is an associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Histories of the Transgender Child.