Social Class

Social class is an important component of trans people’s identities and lives. Social class can illuminate not only the economic resources needed (or lacking) to navigate systems like health care, education, and obtaining accurate identity documents but also the agency and comfort that some have (or do not) when engaging these systems to help trans people navigate life.

This entry discusses the concept of social class and what is known about trans people in the United States along various aspects of social class, including economic factors like income, educational attainment, home ownership, and employment. It also addresses changes in social class that may accompany gender transition. Additionally, it discusses the work that needs to be done to better understand cultural aspects of social class for transgender ...

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