Journal article

Cisgenderism and Certitude Parents of Transgender Children Negotiating Educational Contexts

Damien W Riggs, Clare Bartholomaeus

TSQ-TRANSGENDER STUDIES QUARTERLY | DUKE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Abstract In accounting for their experiences of having a transgender child, cisgender parents often make recourse to a trope of loss to account for their journeys. A focus on loss is also evident in guides for parents and academic writing. In this article, the authors seek to produce an alternative account of loss, one that shifts the focus away from transgender children themselves and onto the broader context in which parents and their transgender children live, with a particular focus on schools. Specifically, the authors consider how cisgenderism produces a loss of certitude for parents, in that parents lose the invisible privileges that accrue to those who occupy an unmark..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

We begin by acknowledging the sovereignty of the Kaurna people, the First Nations people upon whose land we live and work. This work was supported by the Australian Research Council under a Future Fellowship, FT130100087.