Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience

What happens when a baby is born with “ambiguous” genitalia or a combination of “male” and “female” body parts? Clinicians and parents in these situations are confronted with complicated questions such as whether a girl can have XY chromosomes, or whether some penises are “too small” for a male sex assignment. Since the 1950s, standard…

Essay Humanities Social Sciences Theory

Gender and Sexual Identity: Transcending Feminist and Queer Theory

Transgender individuals–those who live outside conventional binary gender constructs–challenge what we know about how identity works. Their experiences provide rare insights into not only gender and sexuality but also self-perception and identity construction, both personal and social. The first volume specifically on the topic, Gender and Sexual Identity presents transgender theory in depth, differentiating it…

Art Essay Nonfiction Social Sciences

Music Teachers Attitudes Toward Transgender Students and Supportive School Practices

The purpose of this study was to measure music teachers’ attitudes toward transgender individuals and toward school practices that support transgender students. Participants (N = 612) included men and women who teach a variety of music subjects in elementary, middle, and high schools, in urban, suburban, and rural areas. An online questionnaire was distributed to…

Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

The negotiation of closetable identities: A narrative analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered queer Jewish identity

We focused on the closetable identities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered queer (LGBTQ) Jewish Americans through the use of identity narratives. Thirty-one people participated in narrative interviews about their identity negotiation decisions. The Com- munication Theory of Identity framed the inquiry by showing how the interpenetrations of identity layers and critical elements created changes and…

Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

It’s Complicated: Socio-Cultural Factors and the Disclosure Decision of Transgenders in Pakistan

The literature on the disclosure decision of transsexual individuals is sparse, and that which does exist either uses empirical quantitative methods, or aggregates transsexuals with other non-heterosexual individuals. The current study focuses this under- researched group and examines the disclosure decision of transsexual people in Pakistan, a developing Muslim country with a unique amalgam of…

Essay Humanities Nonfiction Theory

From the Same Spirit: Receiving the Theological Gifts of Transgender Christians

Transgender Christians bear four transformative gifts to the body of Christ. They celebrate that humans are God’s created co-creators, and that God creates with and through them. Second, gender non-conforming Christians have learned to steadfastly love (hesed) themselves as they love God and the world. Next, transgender Christians witness that humans are a coherent unity…

Critique Nonfiction Social Sciences

Incorporating Transgender Experience Toward a More Inclusive Gender Lens in the Sociology of Religion

Sociologists of religion have recently started to pay more attention to the ways gender and religion are deeply interconnected. However, these analyses rarely focus their attention on transgender experiences within religious spaces. Building on research that points to the ways religions may “cisgender reality” and calls for a “gender lens” on religion, this article explores…