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Partners of Transsexuals and their Homoerotic Experiences (Portuguese)

Partners of Transsexuals and their Homoerotic Experiences (Portuguese)

We interviewed five men with the trigger: “Tell me about your affective-sexual relationships throughout your life”. We used the qualitative phenomenological methodology, which consists in reading and rereading the discourse of the five men, discriminating the units of meaning, elaborating the categories, and identifying the convergence and divergence found in their discourses. We employed the phenomenological perspective of Merleau Ponty in an inter-dialogue with biological, psycho- logical and social-cultural perspectives.

The analysis of their discourse pointed to the following categories of meaning: 1) In the family horizons; 2) Heteroaffective-sexual experiences; 3) Homoaffective-sexual experiences; 4) Transitions and discovery: sexual orientation and identity; 5) In the horizons of homophobia; 6) The affective-sexual experience with a transsexual; 7) Life project.

The meanings attributed by them helped us to understand their discomfort regarding the way they express their own desire, confiicts, and anguish underlying their difficulties towards the acceptance of their own sexual practice. Giving these men, partners of transsexuals, voice helps to shift away from the heteronormativity paradigm – responsible for their anguish, fears and stigmas – as we enable the visibility of the multiple possibilities of experiencing sexuality.

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