Gender affirmation

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There is a disease model of treating children who are gender non conforming that says you are not okay the way you are. And we are going to fix you and we are going to get you to jump back into gender boxes and accept the gender on your birth certificate and the expressions that go with that gender. This makes children crumble and get the message it is not okay who you are. The gender affirmative model of helping children does the opposite. It says to children we are going to listen to you and whoever you are and whatever gender you want to express or identify yourself as being, it is just fine and it is healthy. And it is a variation and a theme of all different kinds of gender and we will help you be who you are. And that is in my estimation a much more supportive way to help children be a gender in the world.

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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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