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This research project explores transgender young people’s experiences of family support in Aotearoa.


Family support is protective for transgender youth, but we lack evidence of what this support looks like for young people cross-culturally.  International research focuses on parents, but family support extends beyond parenting to whānau and chosen family. This discourse-based research will interview twelve transgender young people (Māori, Pacific, Asian, and Pākehā) and five each of their most valued supporters, asking them to draw their experiences of receiving and providing family support and to talk to us about their drawings. The results will provide key insights for all who are part of the village that raises a transgender child.

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