Trans People and Their Experiences of Transphobia in Indigenous Cultures

  • Joanna JamelEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Hate Studies book series (PAHS)


Hate crimes recorded by and reported to the police are as diverse as the trans people affected by them. In addition, transphobic hate crime research favours an Anglo-American focus ignoring this type of crime in non-Western societies and their differential acceptance of trans people. This neglect of indigenous cultures is addressed here and the notion of a homogeneous transgender community is deconstructed. Lessons may be learned from these societies in order to be more gender flexible and accepting of non-binary gender identities. However, some First Nation Native American tribes and the Samoan community accept transgender or third gender people, but on closer examination of anthropologists’ accounts (Lang 1998; Nanda 1990) this is superficial, as violence is sanctioned against those who transgress binary gender identities within traditional community life.


Transphobia Gender flexible Indigenous Non-binary Violence Colonisation First Nation 


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  1. 1.Department of Criminology and SociologyKingston UniversityLondonUK

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