TransPoP is a federally-funded population-based study, whose primary goal has been to examine the sociodemographic characteristics and health status of the U.S. transgender population utilizing a national probability sample.
This presentation will review TransPop’s unique 2-phase sampling method, as well as a brief overview of preliminary findings on: demographic characteristics, identity and community, minority stressors, victimization, and discrimination, physical and mental health, and transition experiences and related issues. TransPop findings show striking similarities to the most recent non-probability U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) study across several categories, including demographics, sexuality, and physical health status, as well as illustrating differences across the gender spectrum.
Much work on sexual health has emphasized adverse outcomes such as STI/HIV, unintended pregnancy, and sexual violence. While these objectives are of continued importance, they reflect a global tendency to focus on negative sexual health outcomes. Far less prominent in health promotion, policy, and programming is a sustained recognition that sexual pleasure is an important aspect of sexuality. This commentary centers sexual pleasure within the contexts of sexual rights and sexual health. Our larger objective is to provide a framework for addressing sexual pleasure in law, policy, advocacy, public health, and clinical practice which might reduce the burden of disease.
Even though transgender healthcare has progressed in recent years, the needs of gender creative children have remained largely unaddressed, both in research and clinical models. This presentation will highlight ongoing qualitative research from a clinical chart review of gender creative children (n=82) aimed at understanding children's experiences of body dysphoria. We will also discuss how to approach treatment of body dysphoria through the Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA™; Berg et al, 2016; Rider et al, in press). GALA™ fosters gender health in children by focusing, in an age appropriate manner, on a) developing gender literacy, b) building resiliency, c) moving beyond binary expectations of gender, and d) developing the foundation for pleasure oriented positive sexuality later in life.
Genital surgery carries significant implications for transgender people's sexuality, but little work has been done to develop sex therapy techniques for addressing these implications. In fact, sexual pleasure in transfeminine people following genital surgery has received surprisingly little clinical attention. This workshop will present a series of sex therapy interventions specifically tailored to promoting and supporting sexual functioning and satisfaction of transfeminine people following genital surgery using a pleasure-oriented positive sexuality framework. The presenters will introduce a set of specific sex therapy interventions that may be adapted to a range of healthcare settings, in order to promote sexual functioning and satisfaction for transfeminine patients post genital surgery. The skills that will be taught will include how to talk to patients about sexual functioning and satisfaction, how to identify resources to utilize in supporting transfeminine patients seeking to address sexual functioning and satisfaction, and sex therapy techniques aimed at improving sexual functioning and satisfaction (mindfulness, embodiment, self-exploration and pleasuring, modulating arousal, becoming sensate and exploring sensation non-judgmentally). The presenters will utilize engaging PowerPoint slides, didactic lecture, and will provide resource materials explaining the techniques discussed in the lecture.
Questions at the Intersection: An Affirmative Approach to Therapy with Neuro-Gender Diverse People
Increasingly, research is demonstrating a high correlation between gender diversity (e.g., transgender identity) and neurodiversity (e.g., Autism Spectrum (AS) conditions). As such, the validity of neuro-gender diverse individuals’ experiences, as well as their capacity to consent to socio-medical transitional goals has been under scrutiny. In this presentation, Dr. Rachel Becker-Warner will explore an affirmative approach to these issues, by addressing both the unique challenges and the positive and beneficial aspects of these overlapping identities. Evidence-based and practical tools for the provision of clinical and therapeutic services with this population will be discussed.