Program

TS26-01-3

Exploring transgender experience: An analysis of interviews with transgender people in Japan

[Speaker] Machida, Naoko:1
1:Kyoto University (Japan)

Research has revealed the severe mental stresses suffered by many transgender individuals. However, few studies have attempted to describe the subjective and narrative aspects of the transgender experience. In this symposium, I will introduce some finding from several interviews that I conducted with transgender individuals living in Japan, including Female-to-Male, Male-to-Female, and genderqueer (X-gender). It was revealed that transgender people encounter problems not only in their romantic relationships-as lesbian, gay, and bisexual people do-but also in their everyday expressions of gender and in ways how they are treated by others. Additionally, because Japan has a strong tendency to divide gender in a binary system, X-gender people have problems with how they should behave in certain contexts where particular gendered behaviors are expected. Based on my interviews, I would like to highlight the differences and similarities of the experiences of transgender and other sexual minorities.
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