My Cisgender Comeuppance: A Researcher's Humbling

  • Christopher Cotten University of West Florida
Keywords: cisgender, transgender, research, HIV/AIDS


The author, a cisgender (i.e., not transgender) white gay male, describes his experience as a curriculum consultant on an HIV-prevention intervention for young transgender women.  In spite of being well-read on the subject of the perils of nonaffiliated researchers doing sensitive research within oppressed populations, he unwittingly commits a gaffe that is illustrative of those very perils.

Author Biography

Christopher Cotten, University of West Florida

Assistant Professor

Department of Social Work