transfeminine people. (Doan 2009: 22). In addition, it must be stated that all of these lables focus ongender and not sexuality; a transgendered man (transman) might be gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, pansexual or have any number of other sexual labels and characteristics, as can a transgenderedwomen (transwomen)-- and anybody else, for that matter.Transgender people are common targets of the social phenomena of 'othering'. Othering, for the sake of this paper, shall be defined as the social process through which a group constructs an 'us'and a 'them' for the purpose of seperation, stigmatization and opression of the 'them' and/or theadvancement of the 'us' over the 'them'. The experiences of many transgender people is ripe withothering-- in many places they don't even have the right to work or marry. Using a public(gendered) restroom—either of them-- can be a frightening experience, plagued with harassment.They often must live in constant fear of violence and discrimination, even in places and situations inwhich the majority of people would feel perfectly safe. One informant, a young transwomen whomI've known for some time, told me her rather poignant story: she was denied employeement purely based on her gender-status. It follows:...Okay, okay, so I had been applying to a bunch of places nearby after I moved in with
and of course they make you use your legal name and so I had to apply with my birth name. And a couple days later I get a call-back from
and theywant to interview me. So I'm excited, you know, and go in a couple days later for theinterview, and the guy takes one look at me when I tell him who I am and I can, you know,see how he changes immediately. But we go ahead through the short interview, and hewarmed up some so I thought it was going to be cool. We get to the end and he looks over everything and tells me I can start monday-- but only on the condition that I act in a malegendered way. I couldn't handle that, it would be too difficult, I was depressed enough as itis...Another collaborator, a 23-year-old transman, had a similer tale: he was forced to continue using his birth-name at the pizza delivery place at which he worked, despite operating in an obvious male-gendered identity. Realities such as these are both constant and common among transgender peopleworking in all but the most liberal of fields in the American workforce.