Pronouns and Experiences of Misgendering Among Nonbinary Black Womxn

Monyae A. Kerney, Anneliese Singh, Kasey Vigil, Candice N. Hargons, Natalie Malone

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The purpose of this community-based participatory action research (Schensul et al., 2008) study led by a team of sexual and gender minority Black womxn researchers and community members formed the Collective Infiltrating Research to Center Community, Liberation, and Embodiment was to examine the gendered-racial existence of nonbinary Black womxn (NBBW) in connection to intersecting milieu (i.e., lan guage, sexuality, spirituality and sacredness, ecology). Researchers utilized purposive sampling to recruit 11 participants whose responses to semistructured qualitative interviews addressed the following: How do NBBWperceive the importance of pronoun use and experiences of misgendering? Interpretive pheno menological analysis resulted in four principal themes: (a) inner work and outer worlds, (b) variability in usage, (c) internal and external affirmation, and (d) internal and external invalidation. Regarding experiences of misgendering, twoprincipalthemeswere coconstructed:(a) manifestationsof misgenderingand(b) affec tive outcomes. Limitations and implications informing the future of research and gender-affirming clinical practice with gender-diverse Black womxn are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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  • gender identity
  • misgendering
  • nonbinary Black womxn
  • phenomenology
  • pronouns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • General Psychology


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