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Transgender Children With Professors Ann Travers And Denise Dowling

NYU Press

Imagine being a boy forced to attend school dressed in a girls’ uniform. Imagine being a girl banned from the girls’ bathroom and too afraid to “go” in a stall surrounded by boys. Imagine being asked, again and again, by other kids, “Are you a boy or a girl?” Imagine having your deepest sense of self refuted by adults in authority. Imagine the routine stress of being a transgender kid.



We’ll talk about transgender children today. We’ll hear a half-hour radio documentary “Alex not Amy-Growing Up Transgender in the Rural West.” Then our guests will include Ann Travers, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, and author of “The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution;” and Denise Dowling, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana, and producer of “Alex not Amy-Growing Up Transgender in the Rural West.”


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.