“Transgender Sex Work and Society” by Larry Nuttbrock— A Systematic Examination

Nuttbrock, Larry. “Transgender Sex Work and Society”, Harrington Park, 2018.

A Systematic Examination

Amos Lassen

“Transgender Sex Work and Society” is the only book that systematically examines transgender sex work in the United States and globally. “It brings together perspectives from a rich range of disciplines and experiences and is an invaluable resource on issues related to commercial sex in the transgender community and in the lives of trans sex workers, including mental health, substance use, relationship dynamics, encounters with the criminal justice system, and opportunities and challenges in the realm of public health.”

The volume covers interactions of trans sex workers with health, social service, and mental-health agencies, featuring more than forty contributors from across the globe. There are synthesizing introductions by the editor help organize and put into context a vast and scattered research and empirical literature. The book is perfect for researchers, health practitioners, and policy analysts in the areas of sex-work research, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ/gender studies. “We look at the role of sex work in the lives of transgender women and the problems and hazards that come with this type of work. This reveals a complex interplay between sex and gender, survival and validation, desire and love, social justice and health.”

Until now, transgender individuals have been the least studied of all sex workers. This wide-ranging book changes that. The findings here document the diversity within the transgender population but they also show that transgender individuals face unique challenges and are stigmatized by virtue of their gender and involvement in sex work.


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