Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender-Variant People and Their Families

Image of the book Transgender EmergenceExplore an ecological strength-based framework for the treatment of gender-variant clients!
This comprehensive book provides you with a clinical and theoretical overview of the issues facing transgendered/transsexual people and their families. Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families views assessment and treatment through a nonpathologizing lens that honors human diversity and acknowledges the role of oppression in the developmental process of gender identity formation.

Transgender Emergence is the winner of the American Psychological Association (Division 44) Distinguished Book Award, 2006.

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“The book offers a clear, comprehensive, and cogent review of the mental health field’s thinking about sexuality and gender, and an extraordinarily thoughtful and extensive exploration of assessment and intervention issues with gender-variant people and their families. Lev’s knowledge of the subject is phenomenal, and the breadth and clarity of her writing are brilliant. This book lays out an enormous amount of complex material in a highly readable and useful text.”

Monica McGoldrick, MSW, Director, Multicultural Family Institute


Image of the cover of the book, Lesbian and Gay Parenting GuideHow Queer! A parenting book for LGBTQ parents!
Gay parenting is a productive and positive decision, but author and lesbian mother Arlene Lev admits it isn’t always an easy one. With practical wisdom and advice, and personal real-life stories, Lev prepares gay parents for this endeavor with everything they need to know and everything they can expect while making their own significant and challenging mark on family life in the 21st century.




“Finally a handbook for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender parents that addresses the real struggles and joys our families face. The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide is both deeply serious, and belly-laugh funny, while remaining filled with useful advice and heartwarming personal stories.”

Rosie O’Donnell

Web Sites, Articles, Essays, and Interviews

Web Sites


GLBTQ Encyclopedia

The following articles were available on the LGBT Encyclopedia website, which has now been archived here.




Journal Articles:


aftaAt the Edge: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Couples and Families

FTA Monograph Series, Vol. 7, Spring.

The AFTA Monograph Series. One theme-based, guest-edited issue each year features original work by AFTA members who are leaders in the field.


Guest Editors: Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT & Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC

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In a family wayIn a Family Way
In a Family Way is a column that ran from 1996 through 2009 in numerous magazines and
on-line, recording the antics of a lesbian parent rearing two young boys.



quillpenDear Ari 
Dear Ari is an advice column written for LGBT Parents, and has been published in a number of publications, on-line and in print.



typewriterEssays, Reviews, and Commentaries 
These essay, book and movie reviews, and commentaries have been published in various magazines, journals, on-line websites, blogs, and books.


book_page_flip_md_clrFamily Matters 
Family Matters is long essay on LGBT parenting, that is published in The Journal of GLBT Family Studies.