Gender is the primary means that individuals use to define themselves, yet as a society they are fearful of variations and of those who live outside of traditionally accepted gender norms and a strict binary system. Not only does this lack of acceptance complicate an already complex life course for the transgendered person, but also helping professionals who do not understand and who perpetuate those barriers may create an even greater burden for the individuals whom they seek to serve.
This narrative project explores this author's journey in transitioning from female to male, discovering the rich diversity of gender and the valuable lessons learned in the struggle to fit in while also remaining true to myself. By sharing personal stories, it is hoped that social workers and other helping professionals can learn more about the complex nature of gender and provide a higher level of care and understanding for the transgender community.
|Advisor:||Potts, Marilyn K.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, GLBT Studies|
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