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Life Isn't Binary

Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT
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Mar 19, 2020
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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'Barker and Iantaffi have written the book we all need for this moment in time.' - CN Lester

Much of society's thinking operates in a highly rigid and binary manner; something is good or bad, right or wrong, a success or a failure, and so on. Challenging this limited way of thinking, this ground-breaking book looks at how non-binary methods of thought can be applied to all aspects of life, and offer new and greater ways of understanding ourselves and how we relate to others.

Using bisexual and non-binary gender experiences as a starting point, this book addresses the key issues with binary thinking regarding our relationships, bodies, emotions, wellbeing and our sense of identity and sets out a range of practices which may help us to think in more non-binary, both/and, or uncertain ways.

A truly original and insightful piece, this guide encourages reflection on how we view and understand the world we live in and how we all bend, blur or break society's binary codes.



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Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT (they/them) is a family therapist, WPATH certified gender specialist, AASECT certified sex therapist, Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, clinical supervisor and author. Alex is a founding member and past chair of the Trans and Queer Interest Network of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and current president of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT). They have researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, relationships, and HIV. They are a trans masculine, nonbinary, bi queer, polyamorous, disabled, Italian immigrant and parent who has been living on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minnesota since 2008. Alex is the author of award-winning book Gender Trauma: Healing Cultural, Social, and Historical Gendered Trauma and co-author of the books How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are, Life Isn’t Binary, How to Understand Your Sexuality, and Hell Yeah Self-Care: A Trauma-Informed Workbook. They also host the podcast Gender Stories. You can find out more about them at or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @xtaffi.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Alex Iantaffi is the co-owner of Edges Wellness Center LLC and Kinship LLC and has employment relationships with Pink Therapy and the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. They receive royalties as a published author. Dr. Iantaffi receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. They have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Alex Iantaffi is a member of the American Association for the Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.


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