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Date of Graduation

Summer 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Madeleine Dupre

Jack Presbury

A. Renee Staton


This paper presents a case study of Bethany, a Male to Female (MtF) transsexual, and her experience of gender reconstruction following sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) in 2003. A series of interviews and observations occurred with Bethany in 2004 and the concept of liminality is discussed in relation to various themes gathered from the interviews and observations such as rigidity versus openness of gender roles and sexuality, traditional versus progressive relationships, control versus submissiveness of gender construction and sexuality, fantasy versus reality in sexuality and transition, and passing. Considerations for counselors working with the transsexual and transgender populations are also discussed emphasizing person centered approaches and advocacy.

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