Evan Vipond
Oct 11, 2018

Transgender and Performance Ethnography Project


Edited: Oct 12, 2018


The Transgender and Performance Ethnography Project is looking for participants from across Ontario to share their stories and insights about trans identity and embodiment.

This project is inclusive of transgender, transsexual, gender variant, Two Spirit, agender, nonbinary, and genderqueer persons. We are particularly interested in hearing from those who are typically un(der)represented in the trans community, including trans persons of colour, Muslim trans persons, Indigenous trans persons, disabled trans persons, and trans sex workers.


The objective of the study is to feature diverse stories and experiences central to trans and gender variant embodiment -- what it actually feels like (in your body) to be gendered. We wish to foreground trans and gender variant experiences to counter transphobic representations of sex embodiment originating in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and other mental health professions.


We are particularly interested in stories about name changes, dreams (yes, those things you have at night), mirrors, photos and videos documenting transitions, tattoos, piercings and other body modification practices associated with gender, transitioning and/or self-affirmation. The interviews will be used in academic publications to contribute to the growing field of trans studies and, also, in community-focused and trans-positive theatre.


Interviews will run for approximately 1-1.5 hours and will be conducted by a trans-identified research assistant. For more information about this project, or to participate in an interview, please contact our research assistant, Evan Vipond, at evan.vipond@gmail.com.


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