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The Lives of Transgender People

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Columbia University Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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Το Άθχημο Γατί Καρολίνα
Διάβασα τη συγκεκριμένη μελέτη, γιατί ήθελα να ενημερωθώ για τα ζητήματα των τρανς (trans) ατόμων από μια αξιόπιστη πηγή. Πρόκειται για μια έρευνα που πληροί τις επιστημονικές προδιαγραφές, είναι σαφής, κατανοητή και ολοκληρωμένη, βασίζεται σε ερωτηματολόγια και συνεντεύξεις τρανς ατόμων και μέσα από την επεξεργασία αυτού του υλικού, αλλά και από την εκτενή χρήση της ήδη υπάρχουσας βιβλιογραφίας, εξάγονται τα συμπεράσματα και αποτυπώνεται η κατάσταση ως έχει.

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Ben Phillip
Mar 19, 2013 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 ...more
This book at points was nearly impossible for me to decipher. It's because of the pronoun usage and abbreviated language for certain transition states and conditions only in part. It's like reading charting for technical equipment values. Very dry. And the case study information (by individual name and/or three lettered present gender self-determination) is put into 2 or 3 sentence quips about a past occurrence or a childhood practice or feeling. So the whole for any one individual is entirely ...more
Shannon Wyss
Dec 31, 2011 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.

The authors did a
Travis Wagner
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I am not in favor of studies that aim to quantify the lived experiences of folks (particularly historically marginalized folks) I cannot count the times I have talked about trans experiences and been asked for this type of data. This is good to have on your bookshelf for some more "quantitative" reference points, without completely doing away with the importance of personal and individualized experiences.
Feb 05, 2016 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.
Sadie Forsythe
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 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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