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Sexual identities

Sally Hines

in transForming gender

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349163.003.0006
Sexual identities

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This chapter considers the relationship between gender transition and sexual desire, identity, and practice. It starts by investigating the negotiation of sexual desire and identity through transition. The chapter also addresses the links between transgender identities and non-heterosexual practices by examining subjective understandings of similarity and difference. It then builds upon this theme in relation to understandings of commonalties and divisions between transgender and lesbian and gay politics. It is noted that the relationship between (trans)gender and sexuality may be less ambiguously experienced. Findings indicate that transgender sexualities are often fluidly and contingently situated; experiences of gender transition may enable an increased freedom of sexual expression and offer a greater diversity of sexual identification. It is suggested that through a queer sociological gaze, an understanding of the distinctions and intersections of contemporary gender and sexual diversity is attainable.

Keywords: gender transition; sexual desire; sexual identity; sexual practice; transgender identities; non-heterosexual practices; lesbian; gay

Chapter.  8934 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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