Imagining parenthood: the possibilities and experiences of parenthood among transgender people Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reports on a qualitative study exploring the ways in which transgender adults imagine a place for parenthood in their lives, and/or the ways they have negotiated parenthood with their transgender identity. A total of 13 transgender adults (including parents and non-parents) were interviewed with respect to their thoughts and experiences about family, relationships and parenting. The study sought to understand the possibilities for parenthood that transgender people create, despite barriers imposed by restrictive laws, medical practices and cultural attitudes. Interview data showed how normative assumptions about gender and parenthood shape the way people imagined and desired parenthood. It also showed how participants re-appropriated and resisted normative cultural scripts by either re-imagining parenthood in different terms (such as step-parenthood) or by creating different family forms, such as co-parented families. Participants reported a variety of experiences with healthcare providers when it came to conversations about fertility preservation and family building.

publication date

  • 2015