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The Transgender ChildThe Transgender Child: 
A Handbook for Families and Professionals

By Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

This comprehensive first-of-its-kind guidebook explores the unique challenges faced by families raising gender variant and transgender children. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college.

How can you best raise your gender-variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even if you barely understand the issues ahead?

How can you advocate for your child in elementary schools? What are your child's legal rights?

What do doctors and therapists specializing in gender-variant children recommend? And what is gender, anyway?

These questions and more are answered in a ground-breaking book that offers a deeper understanding of gender-variant and transgender children and teens.

Stephanie Brill is the founder of Gender Spectrum. She founded and runs the Children's Hospital Oakland Support Group for parents of gender-variant and transgender children and teens. She also co-produces the national Gender Spectrum Family Conference, for families with gender-variant and transgender children.

Rachel Pepper is completing her Masters in Counseling and specializes in supportive therapy with transgender and gender variant clients. She is the author of several books and lives in the Bay Area with her family 

Cleis Press, June 2008. ISBN 978-1-57344-318-0 
Trade paper 5.5 x 8.5, 300 pages


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Review of The Transgender Child

What Gender and Family Experts Say About The Transgender Child

"This beautifully written, meticulously well-researched book is a godsend for parents and professionals in search of clear, reliable, and up-to-date information about all facets of parenting and caring for transgender children. Combining real life experience with the latest research, Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper have written an indispensable guide that will save lives and empower families to ensure that transgender children receive the love and support they need to thrive."

Shannon Price Minter

Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights


The Transgender Child isn’t just an important resource for parents with transgender and gender-variant children; it’s also a great, practical guide that every parent should read. As more and more families strive to be supportive of their children, this book is a smart, accessible roadmap that has something to teach everyone about embracing and supporting young people. Parents, teachers, grandparents and anyone who interacts with kids on a regular basis will find The Transgender Child to be a smart guide for what can often be an uncharted journey. Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper help parents cut to the chase and do what every parent does best: love and embrace their child, no matter who they are.”

Jody M. Huckaby

Executive Director, PFLAG


“Finally! The book health care providers and parents of gender-variant children have been waiting for! Compassionate, pragmatic, based on available research and practice wisdom. Read it! Share it! Use it to nurture your child and make our family and community environments supportive and sustaining for gender variant children and youth.”

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW

Director, Family Acceptance Project

San Francisco State University


"For far too long parents, families, friends, teachers and helping professionals have lacked a unified resource to help them navigate a reality that can be perplexing and challenging. The needs of transgender and gender variant youngsters and their families are multiple, complex and varied. Providing up-to-date and balanced information about a field of knowledge that is underdeveloped is not an easy task. With a clear commitment to improving the lives of transgender children and their families, Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper have achieved an inclusive and concise reading that is a must-have for all those involved.”

Edgardo Menvielle, MD

Director of Gender and Sexuality Psychosocial Programs, Children’s National Medical Center

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