This book examines issues across the lifespan of transgender and nonbinary individuals whilst synthesizing conceptual work, empirical evidence, pedagogical content, educational experiences, and the voices of transgender and nonbinary individuals. It highlights the resilience and resistance of transgender and nonbinary individuals and communities to challenge narratives relying on one-dimensional perspectives of risk and tragic lives.

While there is currently unprecedented visibility and increasing support, members of these communities still face shockingly high rates of violence, victimization, unemployment, discrimination, and family rejection. Significant need for services and support coupled with social, clinical, and medical service systems ill-equipped to provide culturally responsive care illustrates the critical need for quality education and training of educators, practitioners, and service providers in best practices of working with members of the transgender and nonbinary community.

Organized into six sections:

  • Health
  • Areas of Practice
  • Coming Out and Family
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Communities
  • Multiply Marginalized Identities and Populations,

this book offers a current, comprehensive, and intersectional guide for students, practitioners, and researchers across a variety of professions, including social work, psychology, public policy, and health care.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction Part 1

Introduction to social work and health care with transgender and nonbinary individuals and communities
ByShanna K. Kattari, M. Killian Kinney, Leonardo Kattari, N. Eugene Walls

chapter |16 pages

Introduction Part 2

Place, joy, and self in trans and nonbinary justice
ByYoseñio V. Lewis, alex kime

part Part 1|77 pages


chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

Transgender and nonbinary youth and access to medical care

ByM. Killian Kinney, Eric T. Meininger, Sara E. Wiener

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Transgender and nonbinary adults and access to medical care

ByAshley Lacombe-Duncan, Shanna K. Kattari, Leonardo Kattari

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Best practices in sexual and reproductive health care for transgender and nonbinary people

ByLee Roosevelt, Simon Adriane Ellis

chapter Chapter 4|13 pages

Affirming and inclusive mental health care for transgender and nonbinary young people

ByMere Abrams, Rachel Lynn Golden, Jessie Rose Cohen

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

Culturally responsive mental health care for transgender and nonbinary individuals

ByStephen von Merz, Brittanie Atteberry-Ash, N. Eugene Walls

part Part 2|58 pages

Areas of practice

chapter Chapter 6|13 pages

Substance use and transgender nonbinary populations

Towards inclusive prevention and service provision
ByGio Dolcecore, Isaac M. Akapnitis, G. Trey Jenkins, Cary Leonard Klemmer

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Understanding and working with transgender/nonbinary older adults

ByK. Abel Knochel, Kristie L. Seelman

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Trans/nonbinary individuals and homelessness

ByJama Shelton, Twiggy Pucci Garcon

chapter Chapter 9|15 pages

Working with transgender and nonbinary youth in the child welfare system

ByRichard A. Brandon-Friedman, Ryan Karnoski, Seventy F. Hall

part Part 3|61 pages

Coming out and family

chapter Chapter 10|14 pages

Supporting transgender and nonbinary youth in their coming out process

ByM. Killian Kinney, Finneran K. Muzzey

chapter Chapter 11|15 pages

Supporting trans and nonbinary adults in their coming out processes

ByJessie Read, Will R. Logan

chapter Chapter 12|14 pages

Supporting caregivers and families of transgender and nonbinary youth

ByRichard A. Brandon-Friedman, Rand Warden, Rebecca Waletich, Kelly L. Donahue

chapter Chapter 13|16 pages

Trans and nonbinary parenting

ByTrish Hafford-Letchfield, Christine Cocker, Rebecca Manning, Keira McCormack

part Part 4|45 pages

Relationships and sexuality

chapter Chapter 14|15 pages

Sex and relationship therapy with trans and nonbinary individuals

ByJennifer A. Vencill, Leonardo Candelario-Pérez, Ejay Jack, G. Nic Rider

chapter Chapter 15|14 pages

Trans/nonbinary sexualities and prioritizing pleasure

ByCassie Withey-Rila, Megan S. Paceley, Jennifer J. Schwartz, Lynne M. Alexander

chapter Chapter 16|14 pages

Exploring trans/nonbinary intimate partner violence

What to know to create inclusive spaces and services
ByLisa Langenderfer-Magruder, Andrew Seeber

part Part 5|72 pages


chapter Chapter 17|13 pages

Transgender and nonbinary youth empowerment

ByM. Alex Wagaman, Aaron Kemmerer

chapter Chapter 18|15 pages

TNB-affirming policy

Current landscape, issues, and change practices
ByMatthew Bakko, Leonardo Kattari, Rory P. O’Brien

chapter Chapter 19|15 pages

Trans and nonbinary leadership and civic engagement

ByHeather Arnold-Renicker, Kyle Inselman, Jennifer Rivera, Cameron T. Whitley

chapter Chapter 20|15 pages

Conducting community-based participatory research with transgender/nonbinary individuals and communities

ByJonah P. DeChants, Jaime M. Grant, Shanna K. Kattari

chapter Chapter 21|12 pages

Creating safe spaces

Digital as an enabling environment for TNB people
ByNyx McLean

part Part 6|44 pages

Multiply marginalized identities and populations

chapter Chapter 22|14 pages

Centering trans/nonbinary people of color

Health disparities, resiliency, and opportunities for affirmative clinical practice
ByDarren L. Whitfield, T.J. Jourian, K. Tajhi Claybren

chapter Chapter 23|14 pages

At the intersection of trans and disabled

ByVern Harner, Ian M. Johnson

chapter Chapter 24|14 pages

Trans/nonbinary and the religious, secular, and spiritual

ByKate M. Curley, Heather Brydie Harris, Sage Marie Tyler Warren