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Asian Americans and Transgender Identity

The Asian American transgender community has long been established, yet it is marginalized. Although this group is relatively small when compared with other racial and ethnic groups in the broader transgender community, Asian American transgender people are significant in many ways. The intersectionality between Asian American and transgender identities poses unique needs and challenges to Asian American transgender people. This entry provides a brief overview of transgender identity, Asian Americans, and Asia American transgender individuals.

Transgender Identity

In a typical gender development, individuals experience congruence between their assigned gender (sex at birth or biological sex) and gender identity (identification as a woman or a man). Many societies across the globe, especially in the Western world, hold a binary view of gender—that is, only women and men ...

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