Be Who You Are

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Identity (Psychology) - 32 pages
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Nick was born in a boy's body, but has always felt like a girl inside. Nick's family supports him when he says he no longer wants to be called a boy or dress like a boy; "Always remember to be who you are Nick. Remember that we love you, and we are so proud of you." (p. 17). Nick's parents find a group for families like theirs. With their support, Nick expresses a desire to be addressed as "she," and then to be named "Hope." Based on the author's experiences with her children.

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Told from the third person point of view, the narrative follows Nick as he goes from being a boy to being a girl named Hope. Illustrations are pastel watercolors, mostly in roundels. Text is simple ... Read full review

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Jennifer Carr is a writer, blogger, public speaker and advocate for transgender/ gender non-conforming individuals. She shares her journey of selfawareness inspired by parenting her gender variant child on her internationally celebrated blog .Jennifer is the proud mother of a child who knew she born in the wrong body at 4 years old. "Be who you are," Jennifer told her daughter as school,clothes, family and pronouns became increasingly difficult. Each day was another opportunity to live authentically; however, there were abundantlearning curves and life lessons around every corner. Jennifer's daughter socially transitioned to living as herself, a girl, shortly before her 6thbirthday.Despite living in one of the largest cities in the United States, Jennifer could not find resources for gender non-conforming children locally. Afterbeing turned away from several organizations that serve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population due to the fact they exclusivelyserved teens and adults, Jennifer reached out to Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and doors began to open. With PFLAG she found anuplifting support group for parents of transgender individuals. Recognizing the transformation in her own life, Jennifer was inspired to create a playgroup for gender non-conforming children in her area. The group provides a way for the children, their siblings and their parents to have a supportgroup of their own. The children and families understand that they are not alone. This is usually is a powerful revelation.Jennifer continued to reach out to national organizations for resources and support. By collaborating with Trans Youth Family Allies, a local advocacygroup and the American Civil Liberties Union, Jennifer fought the local public school system for the rights and privacy of gender non-conformingchildren. They won, and together they created the first protocol for admitting and supporting gender non-conforming and transgender elementary schoolchildren. Their success means that families no longer have to make their children conform to gender stereotypes to attend school. Children will beaddressed by their preferred name and pronoun. Children are allowed to use the bathroom appropriate for their expressed gender. Jennifer understoodthat this victory would be the beginning of a lifelong mission to advocate for gender non-conforming/ transgender children and their families to createa more just and loving world.When she isn't writing books or blogging, Jennifer educates organizations, individuals, families and schools about the unique challenges gendernon-conforming and transgender children and their parents live with every day: working with siblings, bullying, handling issues at school, sociallytransitioning, using bathrooms appropriate for the gender expression, creating name changes, using pronouns appropriate for the gender expression,talking with family members and friends who don't understand and meeting all life's challenges and successes with honesty, honor and humanity.Be Who You Are is the first in a series of children's books designed to open hearts and minds about transgender/ gender non-confirming children.Jennifer wrote Be Who You Are for her two children who longed to have a book that reflects the love and acceptance they enjoy in their own family. Toschedule an interview, book signing or speaking engagement at your organization, school or local bookstore, email .

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