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The faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.
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March 12, 2014
Dianne Berg, PhD
Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Services
Katie Spencer, PhD
Coordinator, Transgender Health Services
"Exploring Shifting Narratives through Language and Experience of Transgender Adolescents and Adults in the United States"
There has been an increasing number of transgender identified adolescents socially transitioning and pursuing medical interventions over the past 10-15 years. As more adolescents present for treatment, gender specialists are racing to catch up with the shifting landscape of transgender identity. One question in need of deeper exploration is how the experience of transgender youth who socially and medically transition in adolescence differs from those of transgender adults who socially and medically transitioned post young adulthood. Therapeutic themes that are beginning to arise in work with transgender adolescents have pointed to the shifting narratives and changes in language that describe the daily experiences for transgender individuals. For example, the terms “passing,” “going stealth,” and the narratives around “coming out” and identifying or not with transgender as an identity descriptor appear to have shades of difference across generations. Interestingly, these shifts appear to be particularly impacted by the increased ability of youth to medically and socially transition while in adolescence which challenges the dominant “coming out” narrative. As transgender youth continue to transition at younger ages and are perceived and supported in their identified gender, it may not be known that they were assigned a different sex at birth. This shift appears to change what they may experience as compared to adults who transition post young adulthood.
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