In this segment of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, I’m joined by Peter, a twenty-four-year-old transman who recently underwent top surgery–the removal of breast tissue to to confirm gender. I’ve known Peter for many years and have watched him on his journey from insecure and dysphoric teen to confident and hopeful young adult. As this segment conveys, there is only so much therapy can do to take a young person forward toward gender affirmation. It’s vital and I’m glad I and several of my staff are available to help the process along, but for those looking to transition, it will not be enough.
I also debut the Conflict Model of transgender transition in this segment. We’ll have more on this in our book Consent-Based Sex Education: Parenting for Sexual Attraction and Gender Identity. It’s slowly plodding along! For now, I hope you find this segment valuable in understanding this emerging area of teen and young adult experience.