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TransFamily: Australian stories from loved ones of trans and gender diverse people

posted on 2019-12-27, 00:00 authored by Sally Goldner, Linda Langley, Hugh Chachia, Louise Klein, Danielle Chaselin, Ruby Dawson, Nanna and Pa Malcolm, Lyn and Ann Worcester, Robert Howse, Megan Malcolm, Tracey Howse, Sarah Clarke, Andrea Videion
TransFamily is a peer support group for parents, siblings,
children, extended family, partners and /or friends of trans
and gender diverse people. The group offers a warm and
understanding environment for them to share experiences,
ask questions, seek advice and support. TransFamily is based
in Melbourne, Victoria where the group meets monthly, however
support is extended and offered to the wider Victorian and
Australian population whenever possible.
TransFamily: Australian stories from loved ones
of trans and gender diverse people is a collation of
contributions from members of the TransFamily group.
It presents the diverse perspectives of people assisting their
gender diverse or transitioning family member. This book offers
insight into the experiences of those who play a supportive role
including grandparents, partners, parents, friends, children or
siblings. The central focus of this book is on the various stages
of transitioning and each contribution takes a standpoint from
a very personal perspective, at a particular moment in time,
usually towards the beginning of the journey.
It is a valuable resource for family members who may be
challenged by the changes in their family dynamic and the
process as a whole. Supporting a trans and gender diverse
person can often be isolating and challenging. It is our hope
that by telling these stories other families who are facing
similar challenges know they are not alone.



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The editor is a member of TransFamily and has contributed an anonymous chapter to the book. In addition, the editor designed the book with a unique communication strategy to identify the relationship of each author and their trans and gender diverse family member. The design and typesetting, co-ordination and editing was completed by the editor.

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