Gender non-conformity

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Gender non-conformity

Gender non-conformity simply means anyone who does not abide by the prescriptions, proscriptions, suggestions, recommendations for what is appropriate boy behavior and what is appropriate girl behavior or activities or dress or expressions and wants to live outside those boxes. So for example, I had a teen who said I am a gender smoothie. Just take everything about gender, throw it in the blender, press the button, swirl it up and that is me. Gender non-conforming can also be the princess boy. I think many people have seen the book The Princess Boy. And it is a little boy who likes to dress in princess dresses and that is a gender non-conforming little boy.

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Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is a developmental and clinical psychologist in Oakland, California. She is a parenting expert and also specializes in gender studies and psychotherapy and consultation with gender nonconforming children and their families. She is the author of Gender Born, Gender Made:  Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children; Mommies Daddies, Donors, Surrogates, Building a Home Within (co-edited with Toni Heineman), Spoiling Childhood, and Parenting Together. Dr. Ehrensaft has made many media appearances, most recently the Anderson Cooper Day show, and has presented and published both nationally and internationally on the subjects of parenting, child development, assisted reproductive technology, and children’s gender development and gender nonconformity.

Dr. Ehrensaft is the Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a University of California San Francisco-community partnership offering interdisciplinary services to gender conforming children and youth and their families, as well as the psychologist at the UCSF Gender Clinic.

She serves on the faculty of The University of California and is a founding member of A Home Within, a national non-profit organization serving the mental health needs of children and youth in foster care.

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