Transgender identity development

Create on: 15 Dec 2011 at 03:02 AM

Transitional stage (how far one has physically transformed their body to a chosen gender) has shown to have more of an impact on a Transgender’s emotional wellbeing as compared to age. Devor proposed 14 different stages of transsexual identity development.


The gender stages stated here do not always occur in sequence and individuals can revisit some stages.


Stages of Transsexual Identity Formation

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Stage

Characteristics

1

Abiding Anxiety

Unfocused gender and sex discomfort

2

Identity confusion about originally assigned gender and sex

First doubts about suitability of originally assigned gender and sex

3

Identity comparisons about originally assigned gender and sex

Seeking and weighing alternative gender identities

4

Discovery of transsexualism

Learning that transsexualism exists.

5

Identity confusion about transsexualism or transgenderism

First doubts about the authenticity of own transsexualism

6

Identity comparions about transsexualism or transgenderism

Testing transsexual identity using transsexual reference group

7

Identity tolerance of transsexual or transgender identity

Identify as probably transsexual

8

Delay before acceptance of transsexual or transgender identity

Waiting for changed circumstances. Looking for confirmation of transsexual identity

9

Acceptance of transsexual or transgender identity

Transsexual identity established

10

Delay before transition

Transsexual identity deepens Anticipatory socialisation

11

Transition

Changing gender and sexes

12

Acceptance of post-transition gender and sex identities

Post-transition identity established

13

Integration

Transsexuality mostly invisible

14

Pride

Openly transsexed


 

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