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ERIC Number: EJ1157495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep-7
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Complexities of Supporting Transgender Students' Use of Self-Identified First Names and Pronouns
Brauer, Dot
College and University, v92 n3 p2-13 Sep 2017
Higher education organizations need to support trans students' use of self-identified first names (in place of legal names given at birth) and self-identified pronouns (in place of assumed pronouns based sex assigned at birth of other's perceptions of physical appearance), but the literature provides little guidance on how best to do so. This article addresses this gap in the literature and uses institutional ethnography (IE) as both a methodology and critical framework for uncovering what IE refers to as texts and relations that can operate in unintended ways to undo practitioners' efforts to provide consistent and effective support of trans students' use of self-identified first names and pronouns on campus. The author uses examples from their experience as a higher education LGBTQ resource professional at the University of Vermont (UVM) to add depth to the analysis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vermont
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