Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

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.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.