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Critique Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

Coming Out and Crossing Over: Identity Formation and Proclamation in a Transgender Community

By Patricia Gagne, Richard Tweksbury, Deanna McGaughey , 1997

Abstract: Drawing on data from interviews with 65 masculine-to-feminine transgenderists, the authors examine the coming-out experiences of transgendered individuals. Drawing on the literature that shows gender to be an inherent component of the social infrastructure that at an individual level is accomplished in interaction with others, they demonstrate that interactional challenges to gender are insufficient to challenge the system of gender. Whereas many transgenderists believe that their actions and identities are radical challenges to the binary system of gender, in fact, the majority of such individuals reinforce and reify the system they hope to change.

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