GenderQueer: One Family's Experience with Gender Variance
Lisa Marcus, PhD
Kenneth Marcus, MD
Sara M. Yaxte, BA
Accounts of the experiences of gender variant individuals that have recently received attention in the popular and psychoanalytic literature have led to an increased appreciation for the complex nature of identity, gender development, and the interaction of mind, body and the social environment. While there is still a great deal to be learned about the developmental trajectories of transgender identities that fall within what is a more familiar, male/female binary-based landscape, even less is known about developmental pathways for individuals whose gender identities remain neither comfortably male nor female. In this presentation, we will offer selected episodes reflecting our experiences as a family drawn from over a 25-year period in which a gender variant individual, along with the rest of us, grew up. We tell this story – our family’s story – to better understand what we have been through and learned, to help other families going through similar experiences, and as a thought-piece to clinicians and students of gender. The result is both a narrative and a meditation on the nature of gender identity and gender development.
10:00 - 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 Presentation and Questions
Rudacille, Deborah (2005) The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism, and Transgender Rights.
The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.
This conference is being reviewed for 2 continuing education hours by NASW and Division 39 (APA).
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