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Hansbury, G. (2005). The Middle Men: An Introduction to the Transmasculine Identities. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 6(3):241-264.

(2005). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 6(3):241-264

The Middle Men: An Introduction to the Transmasculine Identities Related Papers

Griffin Hansbury, M.A., L.M.S.W.

Little attention has been paid to the transmasculine (female-to-male [FTM] transsexual and transgender) community. When we hear the word transsexual, most of us immediately think of male-to-females. However, the FTM community is thriving and rich with variety. This essay provides an inside look at the little-examined identities within the almost invisible world of FTMs. Positing that the transmasculine community does not subscribe to just one mode of identification, I illuminate the varied experiences of transmasculine individuals by organizing the plethora of defining FTM labels into three broad categories: Woodworkers, Transmen, and Gender queers. Within the admittedly limiting confines of this taxonomy, it becomes possible to gain a better understanding of the people behind the labels and achieve insight into their individual therapeutic needs.

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