Trans Ageing: Thoughts on a Life Course Approach in Order to Better Understand Trans Lives

Louis Bailey

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The aim of this chapter is to begin to map out life course and ageing issues in relation to the UK trans population. The chapter considers certain key issues facing trans people as they age, and pays particular attention to the health and social care needs of trans people in later life. It is hoped that this preliminary exploration will mark the starting point for further research into trans ageing and, subsequently, the development of social policies and service provision in this area. In the absence of a sustained investigation into the health and social care issues facing older trans people, this chapter will seek to synthesise and interpret existing research drawing on a life course perspective. In addition, it will extrapolate from data pertaining to the penalties and inequalities of being trans as a means of anticipating the long-term impact and consequences in later life. An examination of the intersection of ageing and transgenderism, combined with a study of the dual discriminatory effects of ageism and transphobia, will be central here. It is hoped that the suggestions for good practice, highlighted in the summary section at the end of the chapter, will be of particular use to health and social care practitioners, and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing
Subtitle of host publicationBiographical Approaches for Inclusive Care and Support
EditorsRichard Ward, Ian Rivers, Mike Sutherland
PublisherJessica Kingsley Publications
Pages51 - 66
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780857005373
ISBN (Print)9781849052573
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


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