Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Social Welfare

Content Description

1 online resource (vii, 252 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Loretta Pyles

Committee Members

Heather Horton, Christine Bozlak


Critical social work, Non-binary, Participatory action research, Photovoice, Queer, Transgender, Gender-nonconforming people, Participant observation, Documentary photography, Photography in education, Social work with sexual minorities, Action research in education

Subject Categories

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Social Work


Increasing attention to the social and health disparities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people has ushered in much needed attention to issues related to sexuality and gender diversity within social work literature. Among this burgeoning focus has been a particular emphasis on the experiences of transgender people. Such work is particularly relevant to social workers given the heightened rates of harassment and discrimination that transgender people face. Increased scholarly attention presents opportunities for new knowledge to inform social work policy and practice in service to transgender communities. While this expansion in literature addresses several significant needs, it overwhelmingly reflects the experiences of transgender men and women. Nearly absent in social work literature are the voices and perspectives of those whose gender falls outside the dichotomous male/female binary.