The experience of navigating sexuality in transgender people: A meta-ethnographic review

Alastair Pipkin*, Luke Ward, Sue Cotton, Christina Shearn

*Corresponding author for this work

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The current research builds on a previous review of the literature which explored sexuality during gender transition. There has been increased attention toward TGNC people across academic, political, and healthcare fields since the previous review, as well as shifts in language use and health interventions, justifying a need for more contemporary understandings.

The current systematic review explores the experience of sexuality during gender transition.

A meta-ethnography was conducted on 16 papers that focused specifically on TGNC people’s experiences of their sexualities.

The main findings were the intersection of gender and sexuality; the importance of re-writing labels around sexuality, bodies and relationships; (re)negotiating changes in sexual, romantic and/or physical relationships due to transitioning; and changes in a sense of community and belonging.

The results have implications for supporting TGNC people navigating their identities by recognizing the multiple and intersecting levels of influence within which they are situated.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Transgender Health
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2023

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Transgender Health on 13 Sep 2023, available at:


  • transgender
  • sexuality
  • meta-ethnography
  • transition


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