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'Entre el alivio y el palo': a Spanish trans man's narrative of transitioning in middle age

Gray, J; (2018) 'Entre el alivio y el palo': a Spanish trans man's narrative of transitioning in middle age. Gender and Language , 12 (4) pp. 437-458. 10.1558/genl.34608. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper draws on a series of life story interviews with Lukas, a middle-aged Spanish trans man who was previously ascribed the identity of butch lesbian. Specifically it draws on four interviews which date from the months following Lukas' initial self-identification as trans in late 2015. The interviews capture a transitory moment in his gender transitioning. The paper addresses the intersectionality of gender and sexuality and focuses mainly on the way in which Lukas' claiming of his trans man identity simultaneously articulates with his repudiation of his former lesbian identity. In these interviews Lukas presents himself as caught between what he describes as ‘el alivio’ (‘the relief’) of initial self-recognition, and ‘el palo’ (‘the hassle’) of deciding what do next. The hassle arises from the fact that he has what he describes as ‘una vida hecha ya’ (literally ‘a life already made’ for himself), and because many of the choices before him have financial and professional implications. Most significantly however, the hassle is also shown to be inextricably bound up with the ‘neglected intersectionality’ of age.

Type: Article
Title: 'Entre el alivio y el palo': a Spanish trans man's narrative of transitioning in middle age
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1558/genl.34608
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1558/genl.34608
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Spanish; female-to-male transgender; intersectionality; gender/sexuality; age
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066657
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