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Please let me be who I am! The needs of gender variant children and their parents

Dr. Elizabeth Riley PhD

Gender- variant children have been institutionalised, subjected to aversion therapies and pressured to maintain secrecy and conform to society’s gendered expectations while dealing with bullying and harassment at school (Burke, 1996; D’Augelli, 2002; Greytak, 2009; Higdon, 2011). Gender variance confronts widely held assumptions that children born as males will act like ‘boys’ and children born as females will act like ‘girls’. This imposed binary perpetuates negativity towards people who express themselves with gendered variations in attire, behaviour or preferences.

Complexity & Connectedness in Life & Love
13-15 June 2014, Sydney, Australia
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Dr. Elizabeth Riley PhD

Dr Elizabeth Anne Riley is a Sydney-based counsellor and clinical supervisor specialising in gender identity. Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, a Graduate Diploma and Masters, in Counselling and a PhD titled ‘The needs of gender variant children and their parents’. Elizabeth provides gender specific support and counselling for children, youth & their parents.
Elizabeth delivers professional development in gender diversity for schools, clinicians and other service providers and has a number of publications and three book chapters in press. Elizabeth is a media spokesperson on behalf of the transgender community and appears regularly in the media. Appearances include SBS World News, 60 Minutes, Insight, The Project, A Current Affair & Heads Up. Elizabeth is a Clinical registrant of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and a professional clinical member of the Australian and World Professional Associations for Transgender Health (ANZPATH & WPATH). Elizabeth was the Ethics Chair for PACFA from 2013 – 2016.

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