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Friendships

This entry considers trans friendships. It examines friendships for trans men, trans women, and nonbinary people; explores the benefits and barriers for trans people within friendship; and discusses how experiences differ across race and ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The entry continues with an exploration of microaggressions and microaffirmations in trans friendships and concludes with a recommendation of directions for further research in the area of trans friendships.

Basic Definitions

Friendships are defined as meaningful, supportive nonromantic relationships with others who share affection and are mutually beneficial. Friendships often involve close relationships between two or more people, provide a source for giving and receiving support and validation, and are built around shared experiences or interests. Friendships are important for all people and are particularly important ...

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