Community support programme: Support for Chinese trans* students experiencing genderism

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Abstract

Previous research on school experiences has often focused on lesbian and gay students. Far fewer studies have examined trans* students' experiences, especially with respect to community support. And none of this work has addressed relevant issues in an East Asian Chinese cultural context, where transgender equality has been a hotly debated issue in recent years, and prejudice towards members of this 'invisible' population still persists. This paper highlights the school experiences of trans* students based on a literature review of international, regional and Hong Kong publications. A case study analysis of one Hong Kong community support programme is used as an example to highlight the important role that this kind of work can play in filling a gap left by the formal education sector. Findings suggest that, given the influence of genderism and deficiencies of in school environments, community support services provided by non-government organisations can play a significant role not only in raising public awareness, but also in filling education and service gaps for sexual and gender minority students. Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-419
JournalSex Education
Volume18
Issue number4
Early online dateJan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Bibliographical note

Kwok, D. K. (2018). Community support programme: Support for Chinese trans* students experiencing genderism. Sex Education, 18(4), 406-419. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2018.1428546

Keywords

  • Genderism
  • Transgender
  • Students
  • Gender minority
  • Stress
  • Hong Kong Chinese
  • Sexuality education