Transgender legal rights

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Transgender legal rights

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There is often the question of does a child have a legal right to present him or herself in their affirmed gender, in public spaces. We have a lot more laws for adults than we do for children. Actually, kids have no legal rights, their parents do. It becomes the parents, the schools, the churches, the synagogs and often other community organization that have rules about what a child can do and how a child can express him or herself. For example, in Virginia there was a school district that has tried to pass legislation that there will be no cross-dressing in their school. Many of us have rallied for the rights of transgender children or gender nonconforming children, to wear the clothes of their choice to school because it's not provocative, it's just self-expression. It's extremely important that we all rally together to establish more legal rights for transgender children and gender nonconoforming children.

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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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