The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook
Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
How can you build unshakable confidence and resilience in a world still filled with ignorance, inequality, and discrimination? The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook will teach you how to challenge internalized negative messages, handle stress, build a community of support, and embrace your true self.
Resilience is a key ingredient for psychological health and wellness. It’s what gives people the psychological strength to cope with everyday stress, as well as major setbacks. For many people, stressful events may include job loss, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, medical emergencies, divorce, or the death of a loved one. But if you are queer or gender non-conforming, life stresses may also include discrimination in housing and health care, employment barriers, homelessness, family rejection, physical attacks or threats, and general unfair treatment and oppression—all of which lead to overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness. So, how can you gain resilience in a society that is so often toxic and unwelcoming?
In this important workbook, you’ll discover how to cultivate the key components of resilience: holding a positive view of yourself and your abilities; knowing your worth and cultivating a strong sense of self-esteem; effectively utilizing resources; being assertive and creating a support community; fostering hope and growth within yourself, and finding the strength to help others. Once you know how to tap into your personal resilience, you’ll have an unlimited well you can draw from to navigate everyday challenges.
By learning to challenge internalized negative messages and remove obstacles from your life, you can build the resilience you need to embrace your truest self in an imperfect world.
Introduction: Why Resilience Is Important for Queer and Trans People 1
1. Getting Real: Defining Your LGBTQ Self in a World That Demands Conformity 7
2. You Are More Than Your Gender and Sexual Orientation 29
3. Further Identifying Negative Messages 53
4. Knowing Your Self-Worth 71
5. Standing Up for Yourself 93
6. Affirming and Enjoying Your Body 109
7. Building Relationships and Creating Community 125
8. Getting Support and Knowing Your Resources 141
9. Getting Inspired 165
10. Making Change and Giving Back 177
11. Growing and Thriving 191
“In these times, where queer and trans people are continually the targets of violence, discrimination, and archaic public accommodation policies, it is hopeful and necessary that we focus on power and resilience. The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook is a useful and refreshing guide to the possibilities of restoration and transformation for queer and transgender people.”~Holiday Simmons, MSW
—Holiday Simmons, MSW, social justice advocate, facilitator, public speaker, and healer
“We each have an opportunity to explore ourselves profoundly as we evolve in our lives as queer and trans people, and this workbook provides unique and engaging guidance. Enjoy exploring your resilient self!”~Danielle Castro, MA, MFT
—Danielle Castro, MA, MFT, director of research for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California, San Francisco