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The Making of TRANS+: An Interview with the Authors

For our last post celebrating Pride Month, Magination Press presents an interview with the co-authors of TRANS+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You.  Read about why and how they wrote TRANS+ and their advice for supporting trans+ kids. Magination Press: What inspired you to write TRANS+? Kathryn Gonzales: No book like TRANS+ had ever been written. I could have certainly used a book like TRANS+ growing up, and I knew that the transgender and nonbinary youth I work with at Out Youth needed it too! Even when the writing process got tough, I knew I had to keep going because this book was going to help a lot of youth feel less alone.  Karen Rayne: When Magination Press invited me to write a book about love, sex, and romance for teens who identify as a girl, my first question was whether they had a book for trans and nonbinary youth also planned. They didn’t - until I asked that question and they were immediately enthusiastic. I was lucky enough to find Kathryn as a co-author for this book that desperately needed to be written. MP:  What is TRANS+ about? KG: TRANS+ is a growing-up guide for transgender and nonbinary youth and all the people who love them. We cover a variety of topics like “What is gender?” and coming out to puberty, transition, dating, and relationships! It’s important to understand that TRANS+ is meant to be a starting point for a reader’s journey and we link to many resources in the book and on our website at thetransbook.com.  MP:  TRANS+ is such a comprehensive guide. How did you decide what to include? KG: Even though I am transgender, I didn’t for a moment think I knew what transgender and nonbinary youth growing up in the 21st century wanted to know about. That’s why we sent out a survey to transgender and nonbinary youth all over the country to get their input. A special thanks, of course, to my literal in-house focus group of youth at Out Youth! KR: We asked trans and nonbinary youth what they have questions about - and what they wish they had known at the beginning of their journey into their identity.  MP:  What have reader responses been? KG: I don’t think we’ve received a single response from a reader that wasn’t about their deep and heartfelt gratitude that Karen and I wrote TRANS+. Trans and nonbinary youth tell us it’s exactly what they needed, trans and nonbinary adults tell us it’s exactly what they wished they’d had growing up, and parents tell us that it’s helped them communicate with their youth about being trans, transition, and mental health. MP:  You wrote TRANS+ as a team. What was your process working together? KG: Our writing partnership worked so well because we each took charge of writing chapters about topics in which we were experts. Karen, being a world-renowned sex educator, wrote all of the content about sex, sexual health and reproduction, and healthy relationships. I, as

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The Making of TRANS+: An Interview with the Authors 2020-06-29T20:44:32-04:00

Family Pride!

No two families are exactly alike, but all families are created with love! Magination Press is proud to publish books that celebrate LBGTQ+ families. Papa, Daddy, & Riley by Seamus Kirst explores how Riley and her dads help her understand their family. When Riley's classmate asks her which of her dads is the "real one," Riley is upset. She loves both her dads and doesn't want to choose. Papa and Daddy help Riley think about her special relationship with both of them and realize that both her dads are her "real dads." Read a post Seamus Kirst wrote about the power of inclusion and why he wrote Papa, Daddy, & Riley here. In My Maddy, by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, a child describes their parent, who is neither a boy nor a girl, but something in between and entirely fantastically their own. This lovely exploration of what it means for a person to identify as non-binary provides many examples typical parent and child experiences. Read about how gender diverse parents can support their kids here. All Ways Family is a story about all kinds of families: families with two moms or two dads, families with a grandma and a child, or a single parent, families with biological children and families with adopted children. It covers who babies are conceived, where babies come from, and how families become families. All Ways Family also contains a glossary and section with frequently asked questions. Read an excerpt from the glossary in All Ways Family with words describing different family structures here. Check out Magination Press's full Rainbow Collection here. Magination Press, the children’s books imprint of the American Psychological Association, is proud to offer our Rainbow Collection, books for kids and teens that celebrate LGBTQ+ voices and promote inclusive school and family values. Our books: are evidence-based and written by child development experts come with guides for caregivers and resources to further books' messaging in the classroom, in the community, and at home backed by the American Psychological Association's mission to benefit society and improve lives

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Family Pride! 2020-06-21T15:27:40-04:00

Papa, Daddy, & Riley

But what makes a family, if every family is different? Families are made of love. Riley has two fathers: Papa and Daddy. When her classmate asks which dad is her real one, Riley is confused and scared she'll have to choose. Hear author, Seamus Kirst, read Papa, Daddy, & Riley aloud. Read a piece he wrote about the power of inclusion, here.

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Papa, Daddy, & Riley 2020-06-24T12:02:12-04:00