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J Lesbian Stud. 2015;19(1):73-89. doi: 10.1080/10894160.2015.959876.

Elder transgender lesbians: exploring the intersection of age, lesbian sexual identity, and transgender identity.

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a Center for the Study of Biological Complexity , Virginia Commonwealth University , Richmond , Virginia , USA.


This study is the first to examine the experiences and needs of an international sample of current, English-speaking, lesbian, transgender-identified (trans-lesbian) adults around a number of later life and end-of-life perceptions, preparations, and concerns. I analyzed a subset (n = 276) of the cross-sectional data collected from the online Trans MetLife Survey on Later-Life Preparedness and Perceptions in Transgender-Identified Individuals (N = 1,963). I assessed perceptions and fears around aging, preparation for later life, and end-of-life as well as numerous demographic and psycho-social variables. Despite the overall feeling that they have aged successfully, the respondent trans-lesbian population harbors significant fears about later life. I found that this population, while better-prepared than the overall respondent trans-identified population, is still ill-prepared for the major legalities and events that occur in the later to end-of-life time periods.


LGBT; aging; cross-dresser; eldercare; end-of-life; gender; gender identity; gender self-perception; later life; lesbian; queer; sex; sexuality; trans-lesbian; transgender; transsexual

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