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Trans-Affirmative ParentingRaising Kids Across the Gender Spectrum$
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Elizabeth Rahilly

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479820559

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479820559.001.0001

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“A Regular, Normal Childhood”

“A Regular, Normal Childhood”

Privacy, Protection, and Medical Interventions

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(p.131) 4 “A Regular, Normal Childhood”
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Trans-Affirmative Parenting
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Elizabeth Rahilly

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479820559.003.0005

This chapter examines the arena of the body, and evaluates parents’ biomedical accounts of transgender embodiment, which they often analogized to a “disability” or a “birth defect.” These frameworks often validated their children’s own embodied sensibilities, but they also reiterated cisgender body logics as natural and normal, in a way that LGBTQ discourses would resist. Many of the informants here signaled the potential erasure of a more politicized trans consciousness among these children as well—especially those growing up within the relative safety of middle-class and upper-middle-class families and the biomedical interventions they afford.

Keywords:   disability, transgender, embodiment, the body, biomedical

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