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Trans experiences in lesbian and queer space

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Abstract:

This article explores how individuals who identify as transgendered and transsexual men experience the internal possibilities, limitations, and resistances found in spaces identified as ‘lesbian’ or as ‘queer’ in the City of Toronto. The article draws on interview data transcribing the experiences of 12 transgender and transsexual individuals in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer) spaces. These interviews empirically illustrate how fluid and unfixed gendered and sexualized practices can transform spaces and their occupants. Further, this article considers the ways spaces may be ‘queered’ and the implications of these processes on the constitution of LGBTQ spaces. The experiences of transmen in lesbian and queer spaces bring into sharp relief the complex ways that material spaces, even those arising out of resistive impulses, incorporate disciplining expectations and new opportunities. Those who research or utilize these places must be attentive to these processes, if there is to be a serious commitment to the creation of libratory, inclusive spaces.

Keywords: LGBTA; allosexualité; gaie; gay; géographies allosexuelles; lesbian; lesbienne; queer; queer geographies; trans; transgender; transgenre

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-0064.2010.00337.x

Affiliations: Department of Geography, Brock University

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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