Mere Abrams (pronouns: they/them/theirs) identifies as trans non-binary and works as a gender specialist, consultant, and trans health social worker with individuals, professionals, and organizations across the United States and in other countries.
Mere received an undergraduate degree in Community-Based Research from Pitzer College, and a Master’s in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. By using their personal experience and professional expertise to educate and support individuals, organizations, and businesses across the multiple continents, Mere's vision and voice bring a deeper, more complete understanding of gender the world.
Mere most recently worked at the University of San Francisco, California, Child and Adolescent Gender Center as the Director of Community Engagement and Associate Director of Clinical Research, developing and managing programs sponsored by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and National Institute of Health. Mere has also collaborated and worked with Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, Advocates for Youth, Healthline Media, Frameline and many local organizations to increase understanding about gender diversity, develop resources, and provide direct support to trans/transgender and non-binary people. Mere's perspective, writing and advocacy have been featured by Yahoo!, Gap Inc., CBS News, Seventeen Magazine, OpenNotes, Genderqueer.me, The Anti-Defamation League, The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Professionals and Parents Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Youth, and Who Are You?: A Kid's Guide to Gender Identity.
Born in the Midwest, Mere grew up in a conservative culture with strict rules about gender. Mere was assigned female at birth, but always had interests and an appearance that included both stereotypically masculine and feminine traits. Without any language or information to understand the complexities of gender identity, gender expression, and gender roles, Mere spent their childhood and early teenage years trying (and struggling) to fit into the female box. After meeting a transgender person for the first time and realizing that body parts do not determine gender, Mere gained a deeper understanding about the male and female aspects of who they are. During their process of exploration and education, Mere found little information and few resources about gender and how to navigate that part themself in the world. Mere strives to fill this gap in knowledge and services by providing you with an accessible, safe online space to find community, seek guidance, and explore questions about self, gender and gender health.
Mere Abrams, LCSW# 88944