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Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
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Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and chief psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender-nonconforming children and assisted reproductive technology families, lecturing, publishing, and serving as an expert witness on both topics nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ehrensaft received her PH.D. from the University of Michigan and has served on the faculty of UCSF, University of California, Berkeley, The Wright Institute, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Access Institute San Francisco. She is author of Gender Born, Gender Made, Mommies Daddies Donors, Surrogates, Building a Home Within (co-edited with Toni Heineman), Spoiling Childhood, Parenting Together, and the forthcoming book, The Gender Creative Child (The Experiment, due for release April 2016).
Dr. Ehrensaft is a founding member, senior clinician and board member of A Home Within, a national organization addressing the emotional needs of children in foster care, and serves on the Board of Directors of Gender Spectrum, a national organization addressing the needs of gender-expansive children and their families.

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When Talking About Children's Gender, Words Matter

(94) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Over the last year, there is no question that transgender and gender-nonconforming children have become more visible in our media and culture than ever before. Most recently, a Colorado Girl Scout troop ignited a national controversy by stepping up to include a transgender child as a member of their troop....

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Look at Him, He's Sandra Dee: What House of Lies' Roscoe Can Teach Us About Gender-Nonconforming Children

(32) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 5:33 PM

On Jan. 8, 2012, in a television series seemingly about corporate greed and rampant sexuality -- Showtime's new series House of Lies, starring Don Cheadle -- a very unconventional child character made his debut on American television: Marty Kaan, the main character in House of Lies, stalwartly goes to bat...

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All Kids Deserve to Reach for the Stars -- and Dance With Them, Too

(16) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 6:54 PM

For many viewers of ABC's mega-hit series Dancing With the Stars, the announcement that this season's roster of contestants would include Chaz Bono, the son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, marked a historic decision and a milestone for transgender people. To some, it made a less than welcome...

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