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research design

Our research asks what does good family support look like for transgender young people in Aotearoa? 

We know that family support is protective for transgender youth, but we know less about what this support looks like in practice.  Our project expands the focus of research to date from parents to transgender young people themselves and their broader family, from ethnic majority participants to ethnic minority communities, and from trauma to resistance. We use discourse analysis, showing how transgender young people and their families challenge oppressive social structures through their use of language and visual images. 

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