An authoritative guide to understanding and navigating gender identity from an acclaimed expert on the mental health of transgender and gender diverse youth.

Product Code: 9401
ISBN: 9781668017043
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Atria
Pages: 304
Published Date: 06/04/2024
Availability:In stock
Price: $29.99

Kids today are more gender fluent and expansive than ever before. In America, around two percent of teenagers (over 700,000) openly identify as transgender. As it becomes increasingly common for us to encounter and know transgender kids, as well as kids with more expansive notions of gender than past generations, it is vital that we have the tools we need in order to truly see and support them.Free to Be is an authoritative deep dive by internationally renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Jack Turban into the science, medicine, and politics of gender identity. You will be immersed in the lives of three trans and gender diverse youth - Meredith, Kyle, and Sam - as they navigate their gender identities, make decisions around gender-affirming medical and psychological care, and confront an overwhelming political and social terrain.

By combining the latest scientific research, stories of transgender children, and the intricacies of today’s political gender wars, Free to Be gives you the tools to help the kids in your life navigate the complexity of gender identity, while also coming to better understand what the nuances of gender mean to yourself and society at large.

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Author’s Note
Prologue: Jumping into the Gender Wars
1. In the Crossfire
Meet Meredith, Kyle & Sam
2. A Child by Any Other Name
Understanding the Language of Gender
3. Gender Foundation
The Biology of Diverse Gender Identities
4. It’s Always the Mom
The Pseudoscience of Blaming Parents and Social Environments
5. Puberty Blockers
Buying Time
6. Choosing Puberty
Estrogen & Testosterone
7. Gender Surgery
8. The Science of Gender Politics
Bathrooms, Sports & Legislating Medicine
9. An Eye on the Future
How Gender and Society Will Continue to Evolve

“This is a book I wish had existed when I was a kid! It provides a thorough review of the current state of trans-affirming care, as well as an invaluable look back at how we got here. Dr. Turban has provided a resource that will empower trans and nonbinary people everywhere, as well as those who love and want to support them.” – Jazz Jennings, author of Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen and I Am Jazz, and star of the award-winning docuseries I Am Jazz

Free to Be deftly balances explaining the rigorous science behind gender identity with sharing powerful stories that bring that science to life. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand how we can truly help all our children thrive.” – Chelsea Clinton, author of She Persisted

“In a climate riddled with active attempts to spread lies and propaganda about transgender people, particularly trans kids, Free to Be is essential reading. Grounded in science, medical expertise, and the testimony of the many trans kids Dr. Turban has learned from, Free to Be delivers unwavering evidence that supporting trans kids is life-giving.” – Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender NCAA Division I men’s athlete and author of He/She/They

“Caring for transgender kids requires using both our heads and our hearts. Free to Be is an accessible and enlightening book that gives us the knowledge, empathy, and understanding we need to do what is best for these young people. Anyone who wants to better understand gender could benefit from reading this book.” – Dr. Mark Mercurio, professor of pediatrics and director of the program for biomedical ethics at Yale School of Medicine

“This comprehensive book is unique, being broadly authoritative and accessible for everyone from parents to teachers, researchers to mental health trainees, and practitioners to physicians. I will be recommending this book far and wide.” – Dr. Norman Spack, pediatric endocrinologist, co-founder emeritus of the first pediatric gender clinic in the U.S. at Boston Children’s Hospital, and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Free to Be is an essential read on gender-affirming medical treatment and the fight to ensure all children receive the care and attention they need. Dr. Jack Turban has written an excellent guide on why this necessary health care has been a miracle for millions of trans youth and their families. He makes this complicated and fraught topic an accessible and humane conversation for all readers.” – Charlotte Clymer, LGBTQ+ activist, writer, and two time GLAAD Media Award finalist

“Written specifically for parents - although also a wonderful read for anyone who wants to be more educated about the current political debates around trans people - the book is a readable, engaging and accessible introduction to the basics of what it means to be a transgender child, and the many options open to those who wish to transition.” – KQED

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