Society didn't anticipate the steep rise in number of children questioning their gender over the past decade and to a large extent is still considering its significance and implications. Writers have begun to approach the subject from various perspectives, and we offer some title suggestions below as a way for parents to read around the subject, and to situate their own family's experiences within a wider context. Doubtless this phenomenon will continue to be studied for decades to come.


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Abigail Shrier's new book, Irreversible Damage, has had a somewhat rocky start. Media outlets, such as The Guardian and the New York Times have yet to review it; US store Target removed it from their website when they were alerted on social media to its 'transphobic' content. Those journalists who have reviewed the book, however, have applauded how carefully and sensitively Shrier has approached the phenomenon of young girls wishing to be the opposite sex. Including interviews with parents, professionals and trans people alike, she covers this emotive subject with curiosity and compassion.


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Edited by Heather Brunskell Evans and Michelle Moore, these two books explore the new phenomenon of transgender children.

About Transgender Children and Young People: This book is a collection of essays about the current theory and practice of transgendering children. Essays are written ag