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Gender Magic : Live Shamelessly, Reclaim Your Joy, and Step into Your Most Authentic Self - Rae McDaniel

Gender Magic

Live Shamelessly, Reclaim Your Joy, and Step into Your Most Authentic Self

By: Rae McDaniel

Paperback | 30 May 2023 | Edition Number 1

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Taking everything they know from more than a decade of working with the queer and trans community, their personal journey of gender exploration, and clinical best practices, licensed therapist, coach and speaker Rae McDaniel created the Gender Freedom Model. A uniquely supportive narrative for gender exploration and transition grounded in queer joy, their nine-pillar model has helped thousands of transgender and nonbinary individuals explore gender through play, pleasure and freedom. And now, it can help you too.

Whether you're transgender, non-binary, cisgender or still exploring, this compassionate and practical guide will help you experience your gender in new, expansive ways by teaching:
  • How to move from anxiety, self-doubt, and fear to a confident, proactive state of mind.
  • How to navigate discomfort and celebrate your inherent worth as you develop genuine self-love.
  • How to design relationships, community and a sex life that lights you up.
  • Practical tools to align your gender identity and expression with your most authentic self through play, pleasure and possibility.
Brimming with warmth, celebration and practical advice, Gender Magic is essential reading for anyone who yearns to step into their fullest self and imagine a life beyond gender binaries. Because you - yes YOU - are magic.

About the Author

Rae McDaniel is a non-binary therapist, certified sex therapist, coach and transgender diversity and inclusion educator. They are founder and CEO of Practical Audacity, a gender & sex therapy practice in Chicago and an international speaker on gender freedom. As an expert in sexuality and gender exploration, they have been featured in places such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time, Women's Health, Well+Good, Refinery 29, Bustle, Elite Daily, Entrepreneur and The Independent. Rae holds degrees from DePaul University, University of Michigan, and is certified by AASECT.

They live in Chicago with their dog Gizmo, who might actually be a gremlin.
Industry Reviews
Rae McDaniel is a leader in their generation, matching compassion with clear-sighted vision for a sex-positive future. Emily Nagoski, PhD, author of Come As You Are and Burnout

Foregrounding agency and joy without glossing over real challenges, nonbinary therapist Rae McDaniel weaves research, clinical wisdom, their own and their clients' lived experience, and powerful love magic into a book that will debunk toxic nonsense and unlock gender euphoria. Carol Queen, PhD, Co-Founder of the Center for Sex & Culture, author and activist

Gender Magic reroutes the hero's journey by insisting that all bodies are sites of profound creativity and pleasure, ever generating innovative meanings. A cutting-edge triumph that will likely save lives on its way to illuminating new stories to live by. Lidia Yuknavich, critically acclaimed author of The Chronology of Water

In a culture that frames being trans as either suffering or surviving, Rae McDaniel provides a travelogue of the potential, the pleasure and the possibility of living gender with deliberate cultivated joy. From mapping your complex gender galaxy to examining hopes, fears, anxieties, even regrets, Gender Magic is an able companion for anyone seeking better self-esteem, better sex and better relations with others. Dr Tey Meadow, associate professor of sociology at The Institute for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, Columbia University

Rae McDaniel offers a hopeful path forward for gender explorers and those who love them, teaching folks how to find joy and meaning in the journey towards authenticity. Gender Magic is full of valuable guidance that honours and prepares people for the complexities within this particular life journey. Dr. Scott Mosser, surgeon and founder of the Gender Confirmation Center

Gender Magic is a masterclass in authenticity, worthiness and letting your full self be seen-written from the lens of gender freedom. It's a must read for anyone on a journey to joyfully break out of confining gender 'boxes' and live their biggest, best life. Rachel Rodgers, bestselling author of We Should All Be Millionaires

The Gender Freedom Model will be a life-changing guide to help folks navigate their gender journey from a place of strength and help them live their very best life. Truly magical! Neil 'Nelly' Cannon, PhD, LMFT, CST, AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor, clinical director, the Cannon Institute

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