First Advisor

Miriam Abelson

Date of Award

Spring 6-12-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Work and University Honors


Social Work




transgender, trans studies, trans futures, community, world-making, prefigurative politics




The current climate for trans folks in the U.S. remains increasingly hostile and many researchers have called attention to the "joy deficit" within the existing trans literature (Shuster & Westbrook, 2022). This study investigates what trans individuals are currently doing to survive, thrive, and resist in a belligerent socio-political climate. To answer this, five community conversations with 25 participants were held using a semi-structured conversation guide. Within the analysis, the central theme that emerged was that trans individuals are using their communities to create radical futures. Our communities are supporting us through mutual aid and radical acts of care, which allows us to achieve joy and belonging.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors, Social Work, and Social Sciences.

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