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With the current presence of the first large cohort of out, trans* identified mid- to late-life individuals, understanding the challenges and needs of the members of this community has become increasingly important from a biomedical and psychosocial viewpoint. While gender nonconforming people face many of the same aging-related challenges as other, non-trans* individuals, trans* people also have distinctive ways of experiencing the repercussions of aging. This entry provides the historical context for the current population of older trans* members and then examines the variety of experiences of aging among members of the trans* population who grew up in that context. Trans* is used as a term to signify an “umbrella” coverage for transsexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, cross-dressing, and all other possibilities. Because of brevity and ...

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