Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Work and University Honors
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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Eckmayer, Willow Grace, "Trans Futures in the Present Moment" (2023). University Honors Theses. Paper 1382.
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