Sexual Preferences and Partnerships of Transgender Persons Mid- or Post-Transition

Lydia A. Fein, Christopher J. Salgado, Klara Sputova, Christopher M. Estes, Carlos A. Medina

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The process of gender transition has varying effects on various aspects of sexuality. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of transitioning on transgender persons’ sexual preferences and partnerships. Data were collected through an anonymous online survey. Questions focused on timing of gender transition in relation to change in sexual preference. Transgender individuals have a variety of sexual partners, predominantly cisgender, and may change sexual preference when they transition. Transitioning can be associated with having no primary sexual partner, despite past sexual partnerships. Length of time between identifying as transgender and starting the transition might be associated with changing sexual partner preference, particularly in transgender women. The emerging trends of sexual partnerships and changing sexual preferences related to the transition in this study warrant further investigation. These data provide more understanding of the relationship between transitioning and sexual preferences and partnerships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-671
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 16 2018


  • Cisgender
  • sexuality
  • transgender
  • transition
  • transman
  • transwoman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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