Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Professor Johnny E. Williams
Sociological literature on the medicalization of trans people has looked at how medical providers use a medical model of trans identity to determine which trans people may have access to gender-affirming healthcare. This study adds to the conversation by looking at how discourses affect non-binary people’s access to gender-affirming healthcare. While medical providers use a dominant discourse on trans people to regulate non-binary people’s bodies, non-binary people internalize these same discourses to either delay their own care. Online, non-binary people discuss among one another to inform themselves of their options. As they gather more information, they become more willing to seek medical care.
Puopolo, Lori, "Beyond the Binary: How Discourses Affect Non-Binary People's Access to Gender-Affirming Healthcare". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2018.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/739