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The Lives of Transgender People

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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 near ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Columbia University Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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Ben Phillip
Apr 12, 2013 Ben Phillip rated it really liked it
This book was interesting for a topic I know little about. It helped to dispel stereotypes such as tying in gender with sexuality. After reading it, I know that being a transgender person would be beyond hard, especially those who do not identify as either male or female. Navigating through bathrooms, locker rooms, and the general ignorance thrown on them by not only straight but LGBT, must be very difficult. If I learned one thing from this book, it is that we have a long ways to go before ther ...more
Feb 05, 2016 willowdog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The results of the authors' survey, one of the largest surveys in the U.S. on gender development and identity among transexuals, crossdresers, and genderqueer individuals are outlined in very readable text. Authors give credence to previous studies, utilize gender neutral pronouns when appropriate, and discuss the culture and significance of the changes over time from the 50's to the 21st Century and the movement from a binary or trinary to a more fluid gender identification.
Shannon Wyss
Dec 31, 2011 Shannon Wyss rated it really liked it
What a *great* book. "The Lives of Transgender People" is the result of an online survey of around 3,500 trans and gender non-conforming people and telephone and in-person interviews with over 300. It contains both quantitative and qualitative data on a group that is rarely studied to such a huge extent and from such a trans-friendly, "insider" perspective. It also comes without the academic jargon that so often makes the results of such studies so unreadable for non-academics.

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Sep 28, 2015 Zarah added it
It's the report for a surprisingly large academic study. Thus, it's fairly dry reading, but the information is interesting and I really appreciate how they broke down and explored separately different sorts of self-identified 'trans' (FTM, MTF, FT different gender, MT different gender, Cross dresser) and 'non-binary' identities, giving so many more people an individual voice.
Feb 18, 2016 Arunand rated it really liked it
Balances the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the development of trans* folk quite well. Genny Beemyn is simply remarkable!
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