what happened to the “T” in LGBT?

1 Nov

I’m currently enrolled in a class entitled “Introduction to Gender Studies” 

I know, fancy. It used to be introduction to women and gender studies because that is the major/minor, now the university in all of it’s infinite and great wisdom further divided the class into intro to gender and intro to lesbian/gay studies. My guess is because gender and sexual orientation = two different things. 

LGBT tends to fool people into thinking gender identity and sexual orientation are one in the same.


ANYWAYS, main point I am currently doing research, correction READING about research, for my chosen topic of trans individuals. 

The most frustrating problem being when I search “transgender” even on my library’s online website, nothing really pops up. By nothing I mean, once I filter out non-scholarly articles, add only full online texts, and get rid of research that literally says LGB……. i am left with only a few hundred articles and research data. 

Transgender studies on depression, suicide rates/attempts, and overall health and well-being are EXTREMELY rare. Also alot of the research tends to deal with sex word and/or AIDS/HIV….

which for me, is not helpful at all. my overall goal is to find information about mental well being of trans persons OR to look at risk factors for trans individuals and sucide rates/attempts/depression

FOR me, someone who wants to go to graduate school for Gender Studies and then to specifically go on to work with/ in the trans community…its like WTF. one can only do so much….



4 Responses to “what happened to the “T” in LGBT?”

  1. (e)m November 1, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Well, you’re going to run into a couple of problems finding research on trans* people.
    1. We are a very small proportion of the population.
    2. We don’t trust “researchers” because many of them in the past have used us for their own goals.
    3. A history of gatekeeping makes us less open about things that might be used against us.
    4. Not that many people actually care about us, unless they have some theory that they want to shoehorn our experiences into in order to make a point.
    5. Many of us, once we transition, dissappear into the mainstream and distance ourselves from the community.
    There are other things, but I don’t want to get too political here.
    Good luck with your research.

    • colormeanew November 3, 2012 at 2:49 am #

      🙂 thanks. its just disappointing

  2. angryricky November 1, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Stop demanding full-text from your search engines. If you’re looking into a not-well-researched field, you’re going to have to take what you can get. If you’re planning for graduate school, get in the habit of going to the library to get the actual book/journal. Also get into the habit of doing your research a few weeks before the assignment is due so that you have time to request the material you need through interlibrary loan. I have a graduate degree in literature and I teach research skills, so I have some experience with this.

    • colormeanew November 3, 2012 at 2:51 am #

      no i understand i did start researching few weeks in advance and had to order articles. my library doesn’t keep alot of hard copies for journals

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