Resources: Recommended Reading

Loving Someone Gay by Don Clark

Know that you Know What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality by Betty Fairchild and Nancy


Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Cynthia L. Winfield
The book examines what is meant by sex and gender-from typical gender roles and stereotypes, through those who transcend the usual categories of male and female.  It is written for all teens with an interest in gender-what it is, how it is expressed-especially those teens questioning their own (or a friend or family member's) gender identity.

Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families by Arlene Istar Lev
This comprehensive book provides you with a clinical and theoretical overview of the issues facing transgendered/transsexual people and their families.

Social Services with Transgendered Youth by Gerald P. Mallon
Through personal narratives and case studies, Social Services with Transgendered Youth explores the childhood and adolescent experiences of transgendered persons. Addressing the differences between male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) individuals and identifying the specific challenges of transgendered persons from diverse races, cultures, and religious backgrounds, this compelling book offers suggestions that will help social workers and the youths' families learn more about the reality of transgendered persons' lives.

True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism-for Families, Friends, Coworkers and Helping Professional by Mildred L. Brown and Chloe Ann Rounsley
This book paints a vivid portrait of conflicts transsexuals face on a daily basis--and the courage they must summon as they struggle to reveal their true being to themselves and others.

Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men by Lori B. Girshick and Jamison Green
In this extraordinary book, based on 150 in-depth interviews, Lori B. Girshick, a sociologist and social justice activist, brings together the voices of sex- and gender-diverse people who speak with absolute candor about their lives.

This website has an extensive list of books for transgender teens:

Our Trans Children-a pamphlet by PFLAG

  • An introduction to transgender concepts and issues. This should be the first publication given to any new parents, family, or friends of anyone coming out as transgender. Request by email at

MSNBC Documentary “Born in the Wrong Body”-Jake, 16, was born as a girl but from an early age says he felt as if he was really a boy.

CNN Documentary “Her Name was Steven”-City manager Steve Stanton was fired after a newspaper revealed his life-long secret: he was planning to change his gender.  Thus began Steve's isolated journey -- through pain and joy, progress and setbacks -- to become Susan.

CNN story on transgenders, transsexuals, or questioning: portrait of individuals holding a piece of paper with a message they want others to know

Interview “Life as a Transgender Person”

Gender Therapist for Transgendered, Transsexual and Crossdressers:
Brenda Carlson

22 W. Lake Beauty Drive, Suite 202
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone : (561) 372-0736

Coming Out as Transgendered by The National Center for Transgender Equality

Coming Out Transgender to Your Parents/Family

Common Things Parents Freak Out About

List of books for lesbian and gay readers: