Transgender people are waiting to be seen in healthcare and waiting to be recognised as the legitimate experts on their own lives and needs. This book foregrounds empirically novel and conceptually groundbreaking sociological analyses of trans health care and experiences.

    It draws together sociological contributions focused on the lives and perspectives of trans people to provide a vision of more equitable and affirming health and social care. Chapters explore how gender affirmation is imagined and enacted, and how trans people creatively and collectively work to secure the care they require in countries such as Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Concluding with a commentary on trans health in the Global South by Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell, this book demonstrates the urgent need for radical sociopolitical transformation, grounded in a recognition of trans people as authorities in and on their own lives.

    Social and health science students and researchers will be inspired by the critical perspectives this book provides on normative framings of gender and health, and health practitioners, policymakers and advocates will benefit from better understanding the challenges trans people face in securing safe and quality health care today. This book was originally published as a special issue of Health Sociology Review.

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    Notes on Contributors

    Introduction – Waiting to be seen: social perspectives on trans health

    Christy E. Newman, Anthony K J Smith, Elizabeth Duck-Chong, Son Vivienne, Cristyn Davies, Kerry H. Robinson and Peter Aggleton

    1. Support for parents/carers of primary school aged gender diverse children in England, UK: a mixed-method analysis of experiences with health services

    Bridgette Rickett, Katherine Johnson, Helen Ingle and Martel Reynolds

    2. ‘A little bubble of utopia’: constructions of a primary care-based pilot clinic providing gender affirming hormone therapy

    Alex Ker, Gloria Fraser, Theresa Fleming, Cathy Stephenson, Anny da Silva Freitas, Richard Carroll, Thomas K. Hamilton and Antonia C. Lyons

    3. Ontologies of transition(s) in healthcare practice: examining the lived experiences and representations of transgender adults transitioning in healthcare

    Adam Shepherd and Benjamin Hanckel

    4. Expanding and improving trans affirming care in Australia: experiences with healthcare professionals among transgender young people and their parents

    Clare Bartholomaeus, Damien W. Riggs and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

    5. Not your unicorn: trans dating app users’ negotiations of personal safety and sexual health

    Kath Albury, Christopher Dietzel, Tinonee Pym, Son Vivienne and Teddy Cook

    6. Transgender health: on a world scale

    Raewyn Connell 



    Professor Christy Newman (they/them) is a social researcher of health, gender, and sexuality at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. As a queer/bi+ and non-binary person, they draw on both lived experience and research expertise in contributing to public discussions on diverse genders, sexualities, relationships, and families.

    Dr Anthony K J Smith (he/him) is a sociologist of health specialising in HIV and LGBTQ+ communities. He is employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. Anthony is Editorial Advisory Board member of Health Sociology Review and Associate Editor of Sexual Health.

    Elizabeth Duck-Chong (she/they) is a writer, researcher and filmmaker who works across LGBTQ+ sexual health, advocacy, and education. In previous roles, Liz has set up peer-based services, and was the lead writer of transgender health and wellbeing platform TransHub. Liz is also a Board Director of the Trans Justice Project.

    Dr Son Vivienne (they/them) is CEO of Transgender Victoria and has lived experience as a trans-masc non-binary, pansexual and neurodivergent parent, bee-keeper and gardener. They have a background in media production and their most recent book is ‘Queering Safe Spaces: Being Brave Beyond Binaries’.

    Dr Cristyn Davies (she/her) is a Research Fellow in the Speciality of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney, Australia, and co-chair of the Research Committee of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health. Cristyn has expertise in gender and sexuality diverse young people and culturally safe healthcare.

    Professor Kerry H. Robinson (she/they) is a sociologist in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University, Australia. Kerry’s research expertise includes: LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing; gender and sexuality subjectivity in childhood; gender and sexuality-based violence; and sexuality education.

    Professor Peter Aggleton (he/him) has a background in the social sciences as applied to well-being, education and health. He holds senior professorial positions at a number of universities including UCL in London, The Australian National University in Canberra, and UNSW Sydney.