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Queers in the American City: Transgendered perceptions of urban space

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This paper explores the complex relationship between transgendered people and cities in the USA, and, in particular, their relationship with queer spaces within those cities. Some have argued that queer spaces occur at the margins of society and constitute a safe haven for LGBT oppressed by the hetero-normative nature of urban areas. Data from a survey of 149 transgendered individuals indicate that although queer spaces provide a measure of protection for gender variant people, the gendered nature of these spaces results in continued high levels of harassment and violence for this population. The author argues that the strongly gendered dimensions of these spaces suggests that a discursive re-visioning of gender is needed to create more transgender friendly urban spaces.
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Keywords: Queer space; gender variant; transgender; urban safety

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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