Transgender Care: Recommended Guidelines, Practical Information, and Personal Accounts

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Temple University Press, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 282 pages
By empowering clients to be well-informed medical consumers and by delivering care providers from the straitjacket of inadequate diagnostic standards and stereotypes, this book sets out to transform the nature of transgender care. In an accessible style, the authors discuss the key mental health issues, with much attention to the vexed relationship between professionals and clients. They propose a new professional role; that of "Gender Specialist." Chapters 3, 4, and 5 provide definitive information (in the context of consulting health professionals) on hormone administration, aesthetic surgery, and genital reassignment surgery. Chapter 6 takes up the little-examined issue of HIV and AIDS among transgender people. There is also a chapter devoted to issues of transgender people of color, as well as a chapter on transgender adolescents. The book contains a wealth of practical information and accounts of people's experiences about coming out to one's employer or to one's friends or spouse. Several essays spell out the legal rights of transgender people with regard to insurance, work, marriage, and the use of rest rooms. The second part of the book consists of thirteen essays on a range of controversial topics. They include three personal stories of transgender life, one essay on the new academic field of Transgender Studies, two essays on legal rights, three essays on medical issues, and two essays on the origins and possible resolution of the conflicts between therapist and client. The authors have also provided useful listings of organizations, centers, and Web sites. The book has been reviewed by a national committee of professionals and consumers, some of whose members have contributed the essays in the second part of the book. Author note: Gianna E. Israel has been in private practice as a Gender Specialist since 1988. She has worked with over one thousand transgendered men and women, and is also a member of the transgender community. She is a founding member of the board of the American Education Gender Information Service (AEGIS). Donald E. Tarver II, M.D., is a San Francisco psychiatrist working in public mental health and a private practice. He is Medical Director of New Leaf--a multiservice agency serving the mental health, substance abuse recovery, HIV/AIDS, and social service needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communitites.
 

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Contents

Chapter 23
3
Transgender Populations
14
Chapter
20
Crisis Intervention
32
Sexual Orientation Profiles
46
Biological Male
62
Clinical Laboratory Values
69
Consumer Preparedness
75
Chapter 7
125
Chapter 8
132
Chapter 9
142
Group Focus Survey
148
Courtesy Disclosure Letter
163
Employment Concerns
172
Coming Out 177 A Midlife Transition
211
Experimental Medicine
219

Chapter 5
81
Chapter 6
99
HIV Interviews
108
Larry Brinkin Acting Coordinator Chapter 17
225
Chapter 22
248
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Gianna E. Israel has been in private practice as a gender specialist since 1988. She has worked with over one thousand transgendered men and women, and is also a member of the transgender community. She is a founding member of the board of American Education Gender Information Service (AEGIS).

Donald E. Tarver, II, M.D., is a San Francisco psychiatrist working in community mental health and private practice. He is medical director of New Leaf -- a multiservice agency serving the mental health, substance abuse recovery, HIV/AIDS, and social service needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

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