Doubly Marginalized: Conditions and Media Representations of Black Transgender Women in the United States with a Brief Focus on Jamaica

  • Babacar M’BayeEmail author
Part of the Neighborhoods, Communities, and Urban Marginality book series (NCUM)


Drawing from multiple disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, music studies, and women’s studies, this chapter explores the history and conditions of black transgender people living in the United States and will slightly compare the homophobia and/or transphobia they face with those confronting their counterparts in Jamaica. Examples used in this chapter will also come from a few music lyrics expressing the kind of abuse to which black transgender and homosexual individuals are exposed in these two nations. In addition, the chapter draws attention to the importance of the narratives of black transgender people which, like those of Shontae and RuPaul, reflect the harsh experiences these individuals must overcome in their lives. Racism is a major factor in these experiences since black transgender people in the United States especially face multiple challenges stemming not only from their skin color but also from their gender and sexuality.


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  1. 1.Department of EnglishKent State UniversityKentUSA

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