Eps 276: Understanding Gender Expression with Rae McDaniels


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My guest today is Rae McDaniel.

Rae 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.

Takeaways from the show:

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  • Rae’s story

  • Gender spectrum

  • Expanding and exploring gender

  • Deep dive into pronouns

  • Gender shakes people’s fundamental ideas of the world

  • How parents can support their kids coming out

  • Gender dysphoria

  • Tips for parents to support and accept their child in a scary world

  • Safety within the trans/non binary world

  • Celebrating gender expression

  • The world needs people who are their most authentic selves

Resources from Rae:

Sissy by Jacob Tobia | Fiction book: Juliet Takes a Breath | PFLAG | the Transgender Child | the Transgender Teen | Gender Unicorn | Resource Page | Rae’s instagram | FaceBook | Website | GenderFck Club

What does joyful courage mean to you?

Full expression. I also think of the words pleasure and audacity when I think of joyful courage. It’s not about not being afraid, it’s stepping into the arena even though we are afraid. So to me joyful courage means stepping into the arena, whatever that means to you, in the fullest expression of yourself and doing so in a way that also focuses on joy and pleasure.

See you next week!! 🙂



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