Transgender teens and sexuality

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Transgender teens and sexuality

For transgender teens, sexuality can be a challenge. First of all, it's hard for any teen exploring their sexuality for the first time. When you are, for example, a transgender boy; but you are lacking a penis, this can make you feel counterfeit. You know yourself to be a boy, but you start to feel like not a real boy and what girl is going to want a boy without a penis. So you have to work through that. The same thing can be true for a transgender girl who has a battle of the bulged, as one transgender girl once told me. She was horrified that when she went to her yoga class, what was she going to do when she wore her yoga pants in terms of hiding her penis. That, when you transfer over into sexuality means, will somebody accept me in my body and in my gender. As I said, your sexuality is different than your gender. You can be a transgender girl who is attracted to girls, who is attracted to boys, who is attracted to both. Whoever you are partnering with, you have a greater self-consciousness about your body as you explore your sexuality.

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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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