Rae McDaniel on Helping Transgender, Non-Binary, and Questioning Folks | PoP 565

As a person and as a therapist, what can you do to support people within the LGTBQ+ community? What does it mean to be an ally? How can you incorporate an active implementation of anti-oppressive and anti-racism work within your practice?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Rae McDaniel about helping transgender, non-binary, and questioning folks.

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Meet Rae McDaniel

Rae McDaniel is a non-binary gender and sex therapist-turned-coach who works with transgender/non-binary/questioning folks feeling lost while transitioning their gender identity. They are the creator of GenderFck: The Club, a one-of-a-kind, research-based online group coaching community of transgender/non-binary/questioning folks who are on a mission to transition with less suffering and more ease.

Rae is the founder of Practical Audacity, a gender and sex therapy practice in Chicago. They also provide training for medical and mental health professionals wishing to uplevel their knowledge in trans-affirming care. Rae holds a Master’s of Education in community counseling.

Visit Rae’s website. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.

Click here for some resources to learn more about the transgender/non-binary community, or get in touch with Rae about having they speak at your organization.

Text “Practical Audacity” to 131 2487 3550 for resources specific to clinicians

In This Podcast

  • How can you support someone in the LGTBQ+ community?
  • Rae’s anti-oppressive practice meeting
  • Rae’s advice to private practitioners

How can you support someone in the LGTBQ+ community?

I think when it comes to any sort of identity piece, whether that is sexual orientation or whether that is gender, you can support and listen while also not expecting that person to be your one and only education about what it means to be queer. (Rae McDaniel)

  • Practice active listening,
  • Be curious,
  • Asking permission before asking deeper questions,
  • Let people know that you are available to be added to someone’s chosen family

If you want to and are able to, let your friends who are a part of the LGTBQ+ community know that your family accepts and welcomes them because sometimes those folks have been shunned or turned out from their own families.

You can also be an ally, not only as a support network, by getting involved in the political level by making your opinions and feelings known and getting in touch with your representatives.

At the end of the day, as much as we want to change hearts and minds, a lot of times we have to start at the policy level because if there isn’t that basic safety then it is really difficult to get to that hearts and minds place. (Rae McDaniel)

Rae’s anti-oppressive practice meeting

Once a month Rae’s group practice will hold an anti-oppressive practice meeting where the entire staff sits in and discusses anti-oppressive, what that is and how they can approach it in their practice. This meeting is not leadership-led, it is community-based and group-led.

We knew we wanted to create a space that was specifically dedicated to the anti-oppressive practice and anti-racism [discussions]. (Rae McDaniel)

There is a running list of topics that are voted on to be discussed each month, and each month there is a new host, a volunteer from the group practice, who looks into the topic and finds reading materials to circulate.

Each topic is broken down into two focuses:

  • The why: focuses on personal reflection and rooting out personal biases,
  • The how: active application of what was discussed in the previous meeting and how to implement that in reality.

Rae’s advice to private practitioners

Being trans-competent and affirming is an essential part of being a competent multi-cultural provider. All therapists have the base skills they need to provide gender-affirming services for people.

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