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Free to be : understanding kids & gender identity / by Jack Turban, MD.

Turban, Jack L., (author.).


"An authoritative guide to understanding and navigating gender identity from an acclaimed expert on the mental health of transgender and gender diverse youth. Kids today are more gender fluent and expansive than ever before. Over 700,000 teenagers in America openly identify as transgender, a number that is rising each year. As it becomes increasingly common for us to encounter and know transgender kids, as well as kids with more expansive notions of gender than past generations, it is vital that we have the tools we need in order to truly see and support them. Free to Be is an authoritative deep dive by internationally renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Jack Turban into the science, medicine, and politics of gender identity. You will be immersed in the lives of three trans and gender diverse youth--Meredith, Kyle, and Sam--as they navigate their gender identities, make decisions around gender-affirming medical and psychological care, and confront an overwhelming political and social terrain. By combining the latest scientific research, stories of transgender children, and the intricacies of today's political gender wars, Free to Be gives you the tools to help the kids in your life navigate the complexity of gender identity, while also coming to better understand what the nuances of gender mean to yourself and society at large." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781668017043
  • ISBN: 1668017040
  • Physical Description: viii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue : Jumping into the gender wars -- In the crossfire : Meet Meredith, Kyle & Sam -- A child by any other name : Understanding the language of gender -- Gender foundation : The biology of diverse gender identities -- It's always the mom : The pseudoscience of blaming parents and social environments -- Puberty blockers : Buying time -- Choosing puberty : Estrogen & testosterone -- Gender surgery -- The science of gender politics : Bathrooms, sports & legislating medicine -- An eye on the future : How gender and society will continue to evolve.
Subject: Gender dysphoria in children > United States > Popular works.
Gender dysphoria in adolescence > United States > Popular works.
Gender dysphoria in children > Social aspects > United States > Popular works.
Gender dysphoria in adolescence > Social aspects > United States > Popular works.
Gender identity in children > Social aspects > United States > Popular works.
Transgender children > Medical care > United States > Popular works.
Transgender children > Mental health services > United States > Popular works.
Gender identity.
Mental health.
Genre: Informational works.
Instructional and educational works.
Self-help publications.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 7 of 9 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 0 current holds with 9 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 616.8527 TURBAN 2024 (Text) 0001012554344 Nonfiction New Available -

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