Supportive exercises and advice for teens exploring gender identity
Discover more about who you are and who you might want to become. Whether you’ve been pondering big feelings and questions about your gender, or you’re just a little curious about it, the Gender Identity Workbook for Teens is an interactive workbook that will walk you through what gender identity actually is. You’ll learn that there are endless ways to express yourself and that there’s no right or wrong way to identify.
Try out writing prompts, quizzes, and activities that will help you organize and understand your thoughts about your identity, along with practical advice for talking about your gender, determining new names and pronouns, and getting involved with supportive communities both in real life and online.
Find the right language—Get clear, detailed information on gender identities across all spectrums, including nonbinary, nonconforming, cisgender, transgender, genderqueer, agender, and more.
Real examples—Read reassuring stories from real teens about their experiences with gender identity, plus a practical Q&A section for handling everyday scenarios you might encounter.
What gender really means—Learn about the different components of gender identity, and then explore how you feel about your own brain and body, and learn why it’s okay if you’re still figuring out who you are.
Take the first step on the path to discovering your authentic self.
About the Author
ANDREW MAXWELL TRISKA, LCSW, is a psychotherapist whose work focuses on gender identity and sexuality. Based in New York, he is the author of multiple books and other written work on LGBTQ mental health topics and provides training and consulting on gender identity for organizations and businesses. Learn more at andrewtriska.com.
“For all teens curious about exploring gender identity, author Andrew Triska has a message for you: there's no wrong way to have a gender and no shame in the thoughts and feelings you may experience along this path to self-knowledge. In this warm and non-judgmental guide, Triska offers reassurance and invites readers to honor their own feelings as they navigate the well-honed exercises and examples contained in this workbook. The author has created a powerful tool for teens to not only explore gender identity and expression but to better understand themselves and the world around them. As a psychotherapist, I'm thrilled to be able to recommend this book as a resource for teens. Parents, guardians, and professionals who work with young people will find this workbook to be a great tool to help them better understand gender identity and gender exploration and to support teens.” —Karalyn Violeta, LCSW, Psychotherapist, and Co-editor of Sex, Sexuality & Trans Identities
“As a therapist who's worked with LGBTQ+ teens for many years, it can be challenging to find new, fun, accessible activities for exploring gender. I was pleasantly surprised with the balance of tried and true activities and newer activities that could offer a safe entry point for young people very early in their gender journey. A great balance of playful and serious. I'd recommend this as an excellent new tool for therapists and counselors, as well as a self-guided resource for a young person who feels ready to explore identity on their own.” —Nicole Avallone, LCSW, Psychotherapist and LGBT Cultural Competency Trainer
“As a therapist who works with adolescents and adults who identify as LGBTQ or are exploring gender, I find this book to be incredibly helpful, not just as a resource but also as a jumping point to facilitate deeper conversations. Gender exploration can be daunting, and this book helps to break down identity in different ways. It provides relatable vignettes for those who may feel alone or misunderstood in their process and experience. It also uses language that youth understand, which is a big plus!” —Ashley Leeds, LCSW