Targeting the Information Needs of Transgender Individuals

Taylor, Jami Kathleen
July 2002
Current Studies in Librarianship;Spring/Fall2002, Vol. 26 Issue 1/2, p85
Academic Journal
This article explores the information needs of the transgender community and how these needs change over time. It also addresses the sources of information consulted by these individuals. Data for this project was collected from a questionnaire distributed to transgender individuals in 2004. Respondents stated that the internet, other transgender individuals, and books were the most valuable sources of information. When initially confronted with their gender identity issue, most transgender individuals showed a clear desire to understand the condition. Also, they were very interested in the experiences of other transgender individuals. However, for many individuals, transgender information needs changed over time. Acceptance and related topics declined in importance. Some people developed an interest in transgender related public policy. Within the primary subgroups that comprise the transgender community, crossdressers and transsexuals were found to have different information needs. Postoperative transsexuals were much more likely to experience a reduction in transgender information needs over time. Dunne's person in progressive situation model was applicable to the information seeking behavior found in this sample of transgender people.


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