Queer Parenting Workshop: 4/9/12 7-9 pm

March 9, 2012 · Posted in by Damon, Event · Comment 

Flamingo Rampant! Gender Independent Kids Books

February 22, 2012 · Posted in by Damon · Comment 

Are you tired of the limited choices of children’s books? With the binary gendered and assumed-to-be-heterosexual characters?  Ok, there are a couple out in the world that defy these parameters like My Princess Boy, 10,000 Dresses, and And Tango Makes Three. This blog also has a really good list including some that are new to me and I can’t wait to check out. But the book I’m really excited to read it the ones that S. Bear Bergman’s Kickstarter is promoting – check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/310387180/flamingo-rampant-gender-independent-kids-books.  Bear’s books for adults, Butch is a Noun and more recent The Nearest Exist May be Behind You (“Bear’s poetry of butchness lets us see into facets of gender that usually aren’t so transparent.”—Carol Queen) are engaging and a lifeline for gender-variant folks looking to see their own experiences reflected in the world. Now Bear is going to write two children’s books! Check out his Kickstarter, this is an amazing project.

Words that are Transphobic and Why

December 12, 2011 · Posted in Resource · Comment 

Awesome graphic from the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center!

Resources for Trans Teens and their Families

December 9, 2011 · Posted in Resource · Comment 

Check out these two new (to me) resources for trans teens and their parents!

Trans*Succes

Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents

Upcoming Webinar at goodthrapy.org: Working with Transgender Clients

December 7, 2011 · Posted in by Damon, Event, Good Therapy, Presentation · Comment 

Working with Transgender Clients:
A Person-Centered and Narrative Therapy Model

Web Conference Description

Clients with a transgender identity may seek counseling to talk about their gender identity or for another reason such as depression, anxiety, or support in navigating a specific life transition. Transgender describes a gender identity that is different than the one that is assigned to a person at birth. Transgender identities include transsexual, female-to-male, male-to-female, genderqueer, and gender variant. Providing culturally competent services to transgender clients requires both knowledge of transgender issues and a level of comfort discussing gender and sexuality issues. A person-centered and narrative therapy perspective is non-pathologizing, gives control to historically marginalized clients, and makes external oppression and discrimination visible. This workshop will review terminology, transgender identity models, challenges of living with a stigmatized identity, and will provide examples of person-centered and narrative based interventions for working with transgender clients.

This Web Conference is designed to help clinicians:

1) Define the terms gender identity, transgender, transsexual, gender variance, and other terminology related to transgender identities;
2) Learn one model of transgender coming out and identity formation;
3) Name one barrier often experienced by people who identify as transgender;
4) Learn two interventions designed for use with people who identify as transgender.

Click here for more info: http://www.goodtherapy.org/therapy-for-transgender-web-conference.html

Good Therapy Blog – Gender Rules

November 14, 2011 · Posted in by Damon, Good Therapy · Comment 

Gender Rules: How Does That Make You Feel?

Posted 11/14/11 at www.goodtherapy.org

When we are born, and these days often even before, the big question is, “Is it a boy or a girl?” The way this question was answered when we were born impacts us every day throughout our whole lives. This is the day we are assigned a gender. In our culture we treat boys and girls, and men and women, very differently. Everything is gendered, from toys and clothes, to emotions and ways of thinking. No one is off the hook from these gender scripts…

Read the rest of the blog here: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/redefining-gender-rules-1114114/

Gender Outlaws: Exploding Normalcy

November 9, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Title: Gender Outlaws: Exploding Normalcy
Location: Widener University
Description: This presentation is part of Widener University’s Sex in the Library Week, a week long celebration of sexuality.
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2011-11-11
End Time: 14:00

Honoring Intersections: Trans Community in Philly

October 14, 2011 · Posted in by Damon, Resource · Comment 

Last Saturday was the 1st Trans March in Philadelphia.  To be clear, it was not the first time trans folks and their allies have come together to be visible, to stand up for their own, and to gather in the streets of Philadelphia.  As a co-facilitator of a group for trans teens, a therapist for trans adults, a sexuality educator, and an organizer involved with the Philadelphia Trans-health Conference I have had the opportunity to see the trans community from several perspectives.  Since I moved to Philly 6 years ago I’ve schooled myself in the history of racism and how it intersects with feminism, the LGBT movement, and the transgender movement.  Every time I sit in a room with trans people I feel like I learn more and more about our community and about myself.  As a white genderqueer transman from a middle class background I work hard to remain aware of my own biases, weaknesses, and prejudices and to find ways to provide inclusive services.   I’m incredibly grateful to the numerous people who have had hard conversations with me, suggested books I should read, and continue to hash it out together.  Last Saturday all of this filled my head and my heart as I participated in the Philadelphia Trans March and watched the intersections with Occupy Philly, anarchist politics, anti-racist activism, and trans rights activism collide on Broad Street amid chanting, laughing, and a sharing of experiences and communities. It felt magical.

It is in this spirit that I want to share Michelle O’Brien’s piece “Stayin’ Alive: Trans Survival and Struggle on the Streets of Philadelphia” from That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Michelle shares some of the history of the transgender rights movement in Philadelphia.  The 1st Philadelphia Trans March didn’t spring from one moment or idea, but is built on years and years of activist organizing on multiple levels and in many transgender communities.  It also rests on a foundation that recognizes that the struggles in Philadelphia are the struggles that are directly connected to organizing against capitalism, racism, classism, and sexism.  O’Brien writes,”By linking these issues in our analyses and work, we can all begin to do what mainstream gay movements won’t: build movements committed to justice for all people, movements committed to challenging capitalism and white supremacy, alongside fighting homophobia.  The survival of trans-people, poor queers, and many others across the globe urgently depends on these movements.  (p. 311)”

Read Michelle O’Brien’s piece here: Stayin’ Alive: Trans Survival and Struggle on the Streets of Philadelphia

Podcast for “Sex With Timaree”

October 11, 2011 · Posted in by Damon, Sex with Timarree · Comment 

What do dating, anxiety, and Chaz Bono have in common??!!

Last week I had the privilege to speak with sexologist Dr. Timaree Schmit about my work as a sexuality educator and a therapist!   Take a look and a listen:

http://sexwithtimaree.com/2011/10/05/podcast-dr-damon-constantinides-therapist-sexologist-lgbt-activist/

WPATH issues a new Standards of Care

September 27, 2011 · Posted in Health, In the News, Psychotherapy, Resource · Comment 

The World Professional Association of Transgender Health has issues a new version of their Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People.

You can download your own copy here: http://www.wpath.org/documents/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf

A nice article about it can be found here : http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/the-top-10-things-trans-people-should-know-about-the-new-standards-of-care/

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