1. Pink Therapy - Trans* 2014 Emerging Trends Conference
    Dr Meg John Barker
    One of the most interesting recent developments in relation to gender experience are the increasing numbers of people identifying in some way outside of the gender binary, for example as bigender, pangender, genderqueer, gender neutral, androgynous, or simply non-binary. The experiences and identifications of such folk challenge the male/female binary, as well as heteronormativity more widely, given the assumptions around binary gender that are embedded within this. There are also, perhaps, challenges here to binaries around trans/cisgender and bio/social understandings of sex and gender. In this presentation I'll explore the ways of being non-binary that are currently emerging, as well as some of the language which is developing to articulate those identities and experiences.

    Meg John Barker is a senior lecturer in psychology at The Open University and a UKCP accredited therapist. Meg’s research, writing, and therapeutic practice focus on sex and relationships, particularly the ways in which these matters are represented in popular culture, advice, and therapy, and the understandings and practices of various sexual and relationship communities (notably bisexual, kink, and non-monogamous communities). Meg is the editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality, as well as being co-author/editor of many books and paper on these topics, such as Safe, Sane & Consensual (Palgrave, 2007), Understanding Non-Monogamies (Routledge, 2010) and The Bisexuality Report (www.biuk.org). They have also published extensively on counselling and psychotherapy including the books Understanding Counselling & Psychotherapy (Sage, 2010), and Mindful Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2013). Meg’s self-help style book Rewriting the Rules: An Integrative Guide to Sex, Love and Relationships was published by Routledge in 2013. They are also a regular blogger on www.rewriting-the-rules.com (@megbarkerpsych on twitter).

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  2. Pink Therapy - Trans* 2014 Emerging Trends Conference
    Alex Drummond
    On the borderlands of gender, intentionally inhabiting a space she defines as 'explicitly trans*' - and thereby not 'passing' but ‘being', the author reports back on the findings of three years of being out' as a trans-female. So, what are the possibilities and realities for a new generation of people in the C21st contemplating options lived beyond the gender assigned at birth?

    What might the experience of a genderqueer trans-activist, especially one presenting female on a male frame, tell us about social attitudes to gender expression and definition? How might it inform our practice as clinicians in the field?

    And if 'transsexualism' has to some extent an established anthology of research to call on, what do we actually know of the experience of non-surgical transition, and specifically the new and emerging identities that sit beyond hegemonic gender binaries?

    This paper offers a unique insight into those uncharted waters: drawing on personally derived data Alex will set out to answer those questions from a subjective-reflexive position.

    Alex Drummond is both Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with research and clinical interests in transgender and ADHD. A senior accredited clinician with BACP and accredited as a specialist in sexual and gender diversity with Pink Therapy she continues to combine research, activism, and clinical work with a passion for photography. talkmebetter.co.uk

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  3. Pink Therapy - Trans* 2014 Emerging Trends Conference
    Dr Elin Skakerberg - Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service
    This paper presents the findings from an audit on demographic variables and associated difficulties in 218 children and adolescents, with features of gender dysphoria, referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in London during a one-year period. Data were extracted from patient files (i.e. referral letters, clinical notes and clinician reports). The most commonly reported associated difficulties were bullying, low mood/depression and self harming. There was a gender difference on some of the associated difficulties with reports of self harm and abuse being more common in the natal females and Autism Spectrum Conditions being more common in the natal males. The findings also show that most of the difficulties seems to increase with age. Findings regarding demographic variables, gender dysphoria, sexual orientation and family features are reported and limitations and implications of the audit are discussed.

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  4. Paris Lees, Amanda Middleton and Serge Nicholson, join Dominic Davies to discuss trans attraction and desire.

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  5. Gender, gender identity, transsexuality, transgender (as verb and noun), sexual orientation. We get so hung up on descriptors that we are in danger of missing the person and who the person is.
    Do people feel they are required to find a box that fits them or do they they should fit themselves into it.

    Perhaps gender identity should be a joyful exploration of a gender spectrum. What if everyone could find a place that they feel comfortable with and be able to see whats best for them before seeking medical intervention?
    How can the role of psychotherapy can be a vital aid in helping people find a place that’s right for them.

    Michelle Bridgman MSc is a Psychotherapist and is currently on a doctoral programme at Middlesex University. The subject: 'The clinical treatment of people presenting with gender identity issues.'

    Michelle is a member of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health and was recently described as one of the world’s leading experts in this field. She is currently on a committee at The Royal College of Psychiatry which is addressing the treatment of transgendered people and has been consulted over the DSM V proposals to remove Gender Dysphoria from the list of pathological conditions.

    She is a much sought after Keynote Speaker on Diversity and Change and has appeared on several television news programmes as an expert on gender identity issues. For the past six years she has been the part-time Project Manager for The Gender Trust, the UK’s largest charity representing individuals, families & employers affected by gender identity issues.

    Michelle has been married for thirty seven years, has two grown up daughters and a granddaughter.

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