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Relationships With Romantic/Sexual Partners

Although the romantic and sexual relationships of cisgender (cis) heterosexual, lesbian, gay, and, to a lesser extent, bisexual and queer (LGBQ) people have been studied extensively, relatively little research captures the nuances of intimacies, relationships, and partnerships wherein at least one person in the relationship is trans. This entry explores the extant research and suggests future directions for scholarship on trans people and their relationships with romantic and sexual partners.

Coming Out as Trans

Coming out as trans, or disclosing one’s trans identity in a relationship, can be challenging or, in some cases, life-threatening. According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, about 50% of respondents have experienced some form of rejection while disclosing their trans identity to others, and about 27% of respondents’ romantic relationships ended as ...

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