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J Lesbian Stud. 2016;20(1):87-96. doi: 10.1080/10894160.2015.1076236.

She's always a woman: Butch lesbian trans women in the lesbian community.

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a Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland , Auckland , New Zealand.

Abstract

While the visibility and acceptance of trans women have grown globally in recent years, this progress has primarily been within a traditional, heteronormative narrative. But a growing number of trans women identify as butch lesbians and challenge this heteronormative narrative. The existence of butch trans women has created a debate on where they fit within queer and lesbian communities and how their gender performance fits within traditional butch/femme understandings of lesbian or queer relationships. This article seeks to explore the intersections of gender identity and sexual orientation that butch trans women experience when they engage with lesbian and trans communities.

KEYWORDS:

Butch trans women; doing gender; gender diversity; transgender

PMID:
26701771
DOI:
10.1080/10894160.2015.1076236
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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