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Intersectionality Research for Transgender Health Justice: A Theory-Driven Conceptual Framework for Structural Analysis of Transgender Health Inequities

Citation

Wesp, Linda M.; Malcoe, Lorraine Halinka; Elliott, Ayana; & Poteat, Tonia (2019). Intersectionality Research for Transgender Health Justice: A Theory-Driven Conceptual Framework for Structural Analysis of Transgender Health Inequities. Transgender Health, 4(1), 287-96. PMCID: PMC6818474

Abstract

Transgender people experience intersecting forms of social marginalization and are disproportionately affected by health inequities. We elucidate a novel conceptual framework for transgender health research that theorizes the constructs and pathways through which social inequities produce health inequities for transgender populations. Drawing on theories of intersectionality and structural injustice, Intersectionality Research for Transgender Health Justice (IRTHJ) posits that social and health inequities affecting transgender populations are the result of status quo power relations produced within and between oppressive structures, institutional systems, and socio-structural processes. The IRTHJ framework delineates three main actions for improving transgender health research: (i) name intersecting power relations, (ii) disrupt the status quo, and (iii) center embodied knowledge. The authors show how IRTHJ provides tools for researchers to transform the design, implementation, and interpretation of transgender health research, and they discuss implications for programs, policy, and action for transgender health justice.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/trgh.2019.0039

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Transgender Health

Author(s)

Wesp, Linda M.
Malcoe, Lorraine Halinka
Elliott, Ayana
Poteat, Tonia

Year Published

2019

Volume Number

4

Issue Number

1

Pages

287-96

PMCID

PMC6818474

Reference ID

12853