Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

5-8-2024 1:00 PM

End Date

5-8-2024 3:00 PM

Subjects

Sexuality & culture, Sociology

Advisor

Lindsey Wilkinson

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Trans for trans relationships (t4t) are a special type of connection specific to transgender individuals, whether in the process of [re]affirming one’s gender identity and/or finding and building community. Originating from Craigslist personal ads, t4t indicates a trans person seeking out another trans person. What are these t4t relationships like for the trans people involved in them? With this research, I hope to evaluate and define the range of what t4t relationships are, hypothesize how t4t relations foster a sense of connection for the transgender individuals in said relationships, and explain why community amongst those who identify as transgender is crucial to transgender livelihood. This qualitative research study will be created through in-depth interviews with a plan of 20 participants identifying as transgender. For the scope of this project, I will include all gendered/genderless people who identify other than cisgender. I intend on using a desire-based framework in order to shift away from the deficit perspectives prevalent within sociological research done on marginalized people. This research will allow for the furthering of a desire-based framework as an epicenter for research rather than an afterthought, especially when studying marginalized and historically oppressed groups such as transgender populations. https://forms.gle/1No5WHKLASBPWf378

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Beyond Craigslist Personal Ads: Contemporary Usage of the Label t4t

Trans for trans relationships (t4t) are a special type of connection specific to transgender individuals, whether in the process of [re]affirming one’s gender identity and/or finding and building community. Originating from Craigslist personal ads, t4t indicates a trans person seeking out another trans person. What are these t4t relationships like for the trans people involved in them? With this research, I hope to evaluate and define the range of what t4t relationships are, hypothesize how t4t relations foster a sense of connection for the transgender individuals in said relationships, and explain why community amongst those who identify as transgender is crucial to transgender livelihood. This qualitative research study will be created through in-depth interviews with a plan of 20 participants identifying as transgender. For the scope of this project, I will include all gendered/genderless people who identify other than cisgender. I intend on using a desire-based framework in order to shift away from the deficit perspectives prevalent within sociological research done on marginalized people. This research will allow for the furthering of a desire-based framework as an epicenter for research rather than an afterthought, especially when studying marginalized and historically oppressed groups such as transgender populations. https://forms.gle/1No5WHKLASBPWf378