Inventing Transgender Children and Young People
The essays in this volume are written by clinicians, psychologists, sociologists, educators, parents and de-transitioners. Contributors demonstrate how ‘transgender children and young people’ are invented in different medical, social and political contexts: from specialist gender identity development services to lobby groups and their school resources, gender guides and workbooks; from the world of the YouTube vlogger to the consulting rooms of psychiatrists; from the pharmaceutical industry to television documentaries; and from the developmental models of psychologists to the complexities of intersex medicine. Far from just investigating how they are invented the authors demonstrate the considerable psychological and physical harms perpetrated on children and young people by transgender ideology, and offer tangible examples of where and how adults should intervene to protect them.
Michele Moore is Professor and Head of Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at London South Bank University, Honorary Professor in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex, UK, and Editor of the world-leading journal Disability and Society. She has worked internationally for more than 30 years, building research-led expertise to support inclusive education and communities. Her widely published work is focused on consultative participatory and human rights projects across the world to support children and families. She is currently leading UN projects to advance the global agenda for inclusion.
Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans is a philosopher and social theorist, with particular expertise in the politics of medicine, the sexed body, and gender. Her current research analyses the relationship between surrogacy, pornography, prostitution and transgenderism. She is co-founder of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign (www.womensdeclaration.com). Her most recent publication is “The Medico-Legal ‘Making’ of ‘The Transgender Child’” in the Medical Law Review.
“This book is a thoughtful, measured and much-needed contribution to the debate about transgendering children. Many parents and clinicians are gravely concerned that too often children and young people are affirmed in their gender self-identification without rigorous, extended psycho-social examinations. In the present cultural climate, it is difficult to examine the complex issue of children’s gender self-identification from different points of view since debate is continually shut down, characterized as ‘transphobic’ or ‘conversion therapy’. This book refuses to be brow-beaten and fearlessly examines the topic from many different angles, including the issue of hormone therapy and the quality of research evidence, and it does so with an absolute commitment to child welfare and safeguarding.”
Psychoanalyst, and former Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK
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