Tranznation - A report on the health and wellbeing of transgender people in Australia and New Zealand

This research has its beginnings in an act of transgender activism, arising as it did out of dissatisfaction with the capacity

of the 2005 Private Lives project (Pitts, Smith, Mitchell, & Patel, 2006, p. 65) to capture the complexity of transgender lives.

A central pivot in the concerns of the transgender communities about health services is that of recognition. Practices of

medicine are implicated in many of the attempts by transgender people to achieve positive health and self- and socialrecognition

for their preferred gender. Additionally, recognition on formal documentary records is, in many cases, dependent

upon certified medical intervention.

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