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Exploring the Experiences of Heterosexual and Asexual Transgender People

Authors
  • sumerau, j. e.
  • barbee, harry
  • b. mathers, lain a.
  • eaton, victoria
Publication Date
Sep 15, 2018
Source
MDPI
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

This article explores two cases at the intersection of emerging studies of transgender experience: heterosexualities and asexualities. Drawing on data from a mixed-methodological survey, we analyze the ways 57 asexual transgender people and 42 heterosexual transgender people occupying varied gender, race, class, age, and religious identities (1) make sense of gender and (2) experience coming out as transgender. Our analyses reveal some ways cisnormativity impacts transgender people across sexual identities, and the theoretical potential of incorporating transgender people into studies focused on asexualities and heterosexualities. In conclusion, we outline implications for understanding (1) transgender experiences with cisnormativity across sexual and other social locations and (2) possibilities for expanding studies of heterosexualities and asexualities beyond cisgender experiences.

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