Kinship and friendship

Sally Hines

in transForming gender

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304074 | DOI:
Kinship and friendship

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This chapter considers the significance of support and care from parents and other family members for people beginning gender transition. It then moves on to explore the narratives of participants whose transition led to fractured relationships with their family of origin. Additionally, the chapter situates friendship as a significant site through which to address altered dynamics of intimacy within the context of gender transition. Moreover, the practices of friendship are examined in terms of the impact of gender transition upon existing friendships and in relation to discussions about the significance of friendships with other transgender people. Overall, the narratives presented suggest that kin relationships maintain a significant place within intimate lives. They also indicate that many family members and long-standing friends are willing to adjust to changes of gender identity, and are able to offer emotional care and support through the processes of transition.

Keywords: kinship; friendship; support; emotional care; gender identity; parents; gender transition; intimacy

Chapter.  5415 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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