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This group is now being run by Chris Dietrich, MFT-Intern, and Kristina McIntyre, MFT-Intern.  Please contact Chris Dietrich: 775-813-0383 for an interview if you are interested in attending.
This group offers a confidential, safe and supportive place for individuals 18 years old and above with gender identity issues. It is open to both MtF and FtM transgender individuals who have already transitioned or are looking to do so, as well as genderqueer/gender non-conforming people, people who are intersex and those questioning their gender identity.
The group runs for 12 weeks, then opens up to new people. An initial consultation is necessary prior to joining which is free. There is a fee due at the end of each group. Please note: this is not a social group- no drop-ins allowed.  

For more transgender resources in Northern Nevada, please visit the Transgender Allies Group website: http://www.transgenderalliesgroup.org/resources.php

Transgender people need support, not shame

Reno Gazette-Journal 
Dr. Tory Clark  March 20, 2015

Our nation faces daily heartbreaking stories of children and teens that have committed suicide or been victims of violence because of their gender expression. They are routinely discriminated against in the job market and schooling system, labeled as deviant, bullied and harassed. One thousand three hundred transgender people in 60 countries worldwide were murdered between January 1, 2008 and October 31, 2013 — 68 of those murders occurred within the United States. They were killed because their mere existence was believed to challenge the assumptions of identity of men and women.

Finding Cee Cee: Surviving school through a transgender transition

Most people do not understand what the term transgender means, and incorrectly assume that it is a sexual/deviant term with the same meaning as sexual orientation. It is important to understand that the term "transgender" has nothing to do with the act of sex or sexual orientation.

Reno strangers united by their transgender children

A few definitions for clarification:

Sexual orientation: An individual's physical and/or emotional attraction to the same and/or opposite gender

Gender identity: How one psychologically perceives oneself as either male or female

Transgender: A term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from their assigned sex at birth.

Although transgender people have existed from antiquity until the present day, recent movies, television, and the Internet have stimulated conversations about transgender people with the result that young people are coming out at increasingly earlier ages. It is estimated that one child in 500 is gender-nonconforming or transgender, and fifty-seven percent of these children report experiencing rejection from their family.

The psychology behind transgender

When a traditional family has a transgender member, many deal with them by alienating or dissuading them. The price of family rejection is paid by the entire family system. Recent research has consistently linked family rejection with increased risk of suicide, suicidal ideation (41% have attempted suicide, which is 25 times higher than the general population,) substance misuse, risky behaviors, and other mental and physical conditions. Parents, in their attempt to dissuade their child from a life they believe will bring them unhappiness, discrimination, and increased risk of harm, are unwittingly subjecting them to these very serious risks. Guilt, shame, and persuasion to conform force many children to run away and live secret lives in which they engage in risky behaviors in order to meet their needs and to survive. Parents and other family members suffer also by losing emotional, if not physical, contact with their loved one.

Read the Q&A with parents of transgender children in Reno

Support is slowly increasing for transgender people. In 2008, the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives "adopted its Resolution on Transgender, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Nondiscrimination to support full equality and 'the legal and social recognition of transgender individuals consistent with their gender identity and expression.'" Also, the American Medical Association published a position paper that affirms the medical necessity of surgical and hormonal interventions for transgender people. These affirmations from major mental health organizations are a very large step toward acceptance from the professional community, which also lends support to families with a transgender family member.

An additional step toward the acceptance of transgender people recently occurred within our own community. I am proud to see that the Washoe County School District gave final approval to Administrative Regulation 5161, Gender Identity and Gender Non-Conformity Students. This policy helps teach our youth to respect, appreciate and honor the many differences that exist among the human race. Nelson Mandela wisely stated: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."


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