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What is Transgenderism

Presented by the GLBT Network of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation.

What is Transgenderism?
Antonia Caretto, Ph.D.

The construct of gender is perhaps the primary organizing feature we use to categorize individuals. Within the field of sexology during the last 150 years the definitions, conceptualizations, and perspectives of sexual identity have expanded exponentially; however, rather than bringing more clarity, these advances have actually produced more complexity and obscurity. In part, this paradox is the result of a binary conceptualization of gender which creates and limits distinctions among individual experiences of essence or being.
What is Transgenderism? is an attempt to review the historical contributions within the field of sexology and current thinking about gender in a way that challenges the binary conceptualization of gender and the resultant pathologizing of gender variance, and promotes the premise of gender as a continuum.

Antonia Caretto, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Farmington Hills where she treats children, adolescents, and adults.

Toni got her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 1984. She received her M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley, now known as Alliant University. Toni returned to Michigan in 1992 to complete 2 years of Post Doctoral work at Hawthorn Center and then began her private practice in 1994.

Toni’s dissertation research, "Familial Homosexuality Among Women and It’s Relationship to Childhood Gender Non-Conformity and Adult Sex Role," examined the differences in childhood gender identity and later adult gender role between heterosexual women with sisters, lesbians with sisters, and lesbians with at least one lesbian sister.

Toni is a Mental Health Affiliate with the University of Michigan Health System Comprehensive Gender Services Program. Through her affiliation with UMHS-CGSP she evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults with gender variant identities. She is a member of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, now known as WPATH.

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 2-4 pm
Michigan Psychoanalytic Center
32841 Middlebelt
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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