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Talking Back: Trans Youth and Resilience in Action

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In 2015 the Gender Vectors research team received a major research grant to conduct research with and about trans-gender youth in the Greater Vancouver Area. A unique aspect of this research project involved combining social action research with the development of a prototype of a video game as a knowledge translation tool to depict the life experiences of trans youth. We draw on transformative gender just-ice theory to document and address the diminished life chances of and the need to promote resilience among trans youth in the region and more broadly, across Canada and the United States. This article provides an overview of the research project and concludes by identifying key insights relating to resiliency that resulted from 15 narrative interviews with trans-gender youth, focus group meetings with the Project’s Youth Advisory Council, and dialog from an inter-generational workshop for transgender youth and adult care/service providers and allies. These themes informed the creation of the prototype.
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2020.1758275
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Ann Travers, Jennifer Marchbank, Nadine Boulay, Sharalyn Jordan & Kathleen Reed (2020) Talking back: trans youth and resilience in action, Journal of LGBT Youth.
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Journal of LGBT Youth
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Talking Back: Trans Youth and Resilience in Action
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