The Lives of Transgender People

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-14
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Responding to a critical need for greater perspectives on transgender life in the United States, Genny Beemyn and Susan (Sue) Rankin apply their extensive expertise to a groundbreaking survey-one of the largest ever conducted in the U.S.-on gender development and identity-making among transsexual women, transsexual men, crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals. With nearly 3,500 participants, the survey is remarkably diverse and representational, and with more than 400 follow-up interviews, the data offers limitless opportunities for research and interpretation. Beemyn and Rankin track the formation of gender identity across individuals and groups, beginning in childhood and marking the "touchstones" that led participants to identify as transgender. They explore when and how participants noted a feeling of difference because of their gender, the issues that caused them to feel uncertain about their gender identities, the factors that encouraged them to embrace transgender living, and the steps they have taken to meet other transgender individuals. Beemyn and Rankin's findings expose the kinds of discrimination and harassment experienced by participants in the U.S. and the psychological toll of living in secrecy and fear. They discover that despite increasing recognition by the public of transgender individuals and a growing rights movement, these populations continue to face bias, violence, and social and economic disenfranchisement. Grounded in empirical data yet rich with human testimony, The Lives of Transgender People adds uncommon depth to the literature on this subject, introducing fresh pathways for future research.

Author Biography

Genny Beemy is the director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts.. Amherst; a leading expert on the experiences of transgender people in the United States and on the development of transgender-inclusive college policies and practices, and a gender nonconforming individual. His publications include Creating a Place for Ourselves: Lesbian. Gay, and Bisexual Community Histories and Queer Studies A Lesbian Gay; Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology. Susan (Sue) Rankin is an associate professor at the Pennsylvania State University and a senior research, associate at the Center of the Study of Higher Education. Her recent publications include the 2010 State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Cay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Our Place 0n Campus: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Services and Programs in Higher Education.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Demographics of the Survey Participantsp. 15
Experiences of Transgender Identityp. 39
The Climate for Transgender Peoplep. 79
Developmental Milestones of Different Transgender Groupsp. 109
Transgender Youth and Implications for Higher Educationp. 159
Transgender Survey Instrumentp. 167
Interview Protocolp. 181
Review of Statistical Analysesp. 185
Notesp. 197
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 219
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