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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 161097, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/161097
Research Article

Gender, Work, and Health for Trans Health Providers: A Focus on Transmen

1School of Nursing, York University, Room 322, HNES Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3
2School of Women’s Studies, York University, 206 Founders College, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3

Received 3 October 2012; Accepted 23 October 2012

Academic Editors: J. S. Lymn and M. Miyashita

Copyright © 2012 Judith A. MacDonnell and Alisa Grigorovich. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Well-documented health research points to trans people’s vulnerability to health inequities that are linked to deeply embedded structural and social determinants of health. Gender and work, as social determinants of health for trans people, both shape and are shaped by multiple factors such as support networks, social environments, income and social status, shelter, and personal health practices. There is a gap in the nursing literature in regards to research on work and health for diverse trans people and a virtual silence on the particular issues of trans-identified health providers. This qualitative study used comparative life history methodology and purposeful sampling to examine links among work, career, and health for transmen who are health providers. Semistructured interviews were completed with four Canadian transmen involved in health care professional and/or practice contexts with diverse professions, age, work, and transitioning experiences. Critical gender analysis showed that unique and gender-related critical events and influences shape continuities and discontinuities in their careerlives. This strength-based approach foregrounds how resilience and growth emerged through participants’ articulation with everyday gender dynamics. These findings have implications for nursing research, education, and practice that include an understanding of how trans providers “do transgender work” and supporting them in that process.