Praise & Reviews

 Praise for Gender Born, Gender Made

 “This is an outstanding reference—an indispensible guide for those providing care for gender-nonconforming youth. Dr. Ehrensaft eloquently presents evidence to support her enlightened and impassioned plea to advocate for the ‘true gender self’ of all children.”

—Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD, professor of pediatrics, director, Pediatric Endocrine Clinics, University of California, San Francisco

 “Courageous and clear, this book tells gender like it is—with real advice for those brave parents who are helping their transgender children to lead the 21st-century world toward an understanding of what it means to be fully human. Gender Born, Gender Made is a must-read for anyone who wants to comprehend the function and importance of gender in American culture, and learn how we can break gender’s irrational stranglehold on the human spirit.”

—Jamison Green, PhD, educator, policy consultant, and author of Becoming a Visible Man

“Dr. Ehrensaft uses her own experience and the narratives of her patients to provide a glimpse into the obstacles that children with gender dysphoria and their families face. Their strengths are reflected in their stories. This provocative book will be helpful for parents, teachers, and clinicians working with children along the continuum of gender expression. These are children who, like all children, do not want to adapt to the expectations of others, but wish to be embraced for who they are.”

—Cynthia J. Telingator, MD, child and adult psychiatrist; faculty member, Cambridge Health Alliance; and assistant professor, Harvard Medical School

“This book provides a creative approach in the evolution of our understanding of gender nonconforming children, a thoughtful way forward from oppression towards affirmation. There is important information here for all who care about the quality of life for all children and their families.”

Catherine Tuerk, APRN, cofounder and senior consultant, Gender and Sexual Advocacy and Education Program, Children’s National Medical Center

 “In Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Ehrensaft issues a clear and compelling call to parents and professionals in support of children living outside of society’s narrow gender expectations. Building on her vast experience working with children, families, and professionals, she beckons all of us to expand our traditional notions of gender, challenging us to create affirming spaces in which children can discover and celebrate their authentic selves. Hers is a model of gender acceptance and inclusion, not only for children pushing the boundaries of gender, but for all children simply wishing to be themselves.”

—Joel Baum, director of education and training, Gender Spectrum

 “The book that countless families and therapists have been waiting for! Diane Ehrensaft, a pioneer in the field, provides expert, caring advice about one of the most challenging situations that families can face. Her words will bring comfort and insight to parents, children, and helping professionals alike.”

Shane Snowdon, director of the Center for LGBT Health and Equity, University of California, San Francisco

 “Gender Born, Gender Made brings to our homes, schools and clinician’s offices a wealth of ideas and tools that will prove invaluable as we move towards a more empathic, just and inclusive society.”

—Edgardo J. Menvielle, MD, MSHS, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University, Director Gender and Sexuality Development Program, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC

“Dr. Ehrensaft has written a seminal and informative book that fills what has been a gaping abyss in the literature for parents rearing gender non-conforming children. There have been few resources available for parents with children whose gender expression is notably different from their peers, and they are often isolated and frightened. Informed by her years of experience as psychologist working with children and families as well as her years of experience as a mother, Dr. Ehrensaft understands the anguish of parents, as well as their enduring and fierce love and support for their children. This is a book that is informed by scholarly advice, yet reads with a gentle advocacy and parental support – it will be read and earmarked, a Dr. Spock for the twenty-first century. Finally, a book I can hand parents that guides them in this unique and rewarding journey.”

Arlene Istar Lev LCSW-R, CASAC, Choices Counseling and Consulting, Albany, NY