Transgender Sex Work and Society


Edited By
Larry Nuttbrock

416 pages
Hardcover, $75.00 / £62.95 ISBN: 9781939594228
E-book, $45.99 / £38.95 ISBN: 9781939594235

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“This is an impressive, scholarly monograph, which devotes substantial attention to delineating the reasons why many transgender women become sex workers, and offers a broad array of diverse cultural perspectives. The comprehensive approach allows the reader to fully understand the social and structural challenges that transgender women face, and offers insights that can lead to effective, culturally competent health programs.”
Kenneth Mayer, MD, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director, The Fenway Institute Director of HIV Prevention Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“This book is informative, educational, and an eye-opener as to the complexity of prostate cancer among gay and bisexual men and transgender women. It has a biopsychosocial approach within a gay/transgender cultural and political context. The focus on acknowledging couple relationship, the symbolic meaning of prostate cancer and sexual behaviors, as well as sexual stress are indeed commendable. The book also highlights the paramount importance of good clinician – client communication and the necessity to educate health care staff in gay/transgender issues in order to reduce physical, sexual, and emotional suffering among gay and bisexual men and transgender women.”
Dr. Lena Nilsson Schönnesson, Associate Professor Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

“For scholars and service providers seeking to understand the sociocultural and health context of trans women engaged in sex work, this comprehensive and timely volume provides a range of expert opinions, empirical data, and evidence-based calls to action from around the world. A must-read for anyone engaging with trans women and/or sex workers in healthcare, research, or community-based settings.”
Jae Sevelius, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

“This book explores the role of sex work in the lives of transgender women and the hazards that come with this type of work, revealing a complex interplay between sex and gender, survival and validation, desire and love, social justice and health. A must-read for any researcher, health provider, advocate, or policy maker concerned with the health and well-being of sex workers of all genders.”
Walter Bockting, PhD, Co-Director, Program for the Study of LGBT Health, Columbia University Medical Center

“This is a wonderful collection that helps to fill a huge gap in the research literature. Transgender individuals are the least studied of all sex workers. Wide-ranging in scope, the book covers key social, health, victimization, criminal justice, and policy issues in different nations. The findings document diversity within the transgender population but also indicate that transgender individuals face some unique challenges and are doubly stigmatized by virtue of their gender and involvement in sex work.”
Ronald Weitzer, PhD, George Washington University, author of Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business, and Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography and the Sex Industry