What is it about?

Interviews were conducted with a community sample of transgender women to explore the lived experiences of their sexualities during gender transition. Findings highlighted their sexual experiences often improved after transition but required some renegotiation of their bodies, relationships, roles, and desires.

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Why is it important?

Transgender women's experiences of their sexualities are lacking in much of the literature, despite suggestions that there may be nuanced experiences due to misogyny and fetishization. Therefore, this research is unique in its focus on trans women's sexualities and findings show that intersectional components shape experiences of sexuality, that transitioning fosters sexual self-confidence, and that there may be a re-prioritization or change in how trans women have sex.

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This page is a summary of: “Rediscovering what I need to do to give myself pleasure.” Trans women’s experiences of their sexualities during gender transition: An interpretative phenomenological analysis., Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, May 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/sgd0000728.
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