In this review, I discuss recent research on transgender identity development, management and affirmation, situating key topics within a social feedback model of transgender identity. This model foregrounds the dynamic interplay between internal and external influences on transgender identity. Furthermore, issues of intersectionality are highlighted throughout and located within broader socio-political contexts. Collectively, research on topics such as gender euphoria, passing, identity affirmation and social transitions, among others, points to the pivotal role of supportive social relationships and social environments in the healthy development and expression of transgender identities. Future work should prioritize longitudinal studies with careful and rigorous assessment of identity-related constructs in order to further examine these and other topics.
- Identity development
- Social transition