This book addresses the emerging field of genderqueer or non-binary genders - that is, individuals who do not identify as male or female. It considers theoretical, research, practice, and activist perspectives; and outlines a basis for good practice when working with non-binary individuals.
The first section provides an overview of historical, legal and academic aspects of this phenomenon. The second section explores how psychotherapeutic, psychological and psychiatric theory and practice are adapting to a non-binary model of gender, and the third section considers the body related aspects, from endocrinology to surgery.
This work will appeal to a wide readership, from practitioners working with non-binary individuals - including psychologists, surgeons, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, psychotherapists and counselors, lawyers, and healthcare workers - to researchers interested in the study of gender identities, to students and gender activists.
Christina Richards is a Senior Specialist Psychology Associate and a Clinical Research Fellow within the NHS. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. As well as being an activist and writer she lectures on trans, non-binary and other genders; sexualities; and critical mental health.
Walter Pierre Bouman is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, sexologist and psychotherapist specialising in gender and sexuality. He is Head of Service at the Nottingham National Centre for Gender Dysphoria, Deputy Editor of Sexual and Relationship Therapy - International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice - and currently Treasurer and Executive Board member of World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience publishing on these topics including the book Rewriting the Rules.