Always Already Geopolitical: Trans Health Care and Global Tactical Technical Communication

Avery C. Edenfield, Jared S. Colton, Steve Holmes

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Transgender persons face many barriers preventing them from accessing and receiving health care. Gender-transition care can be difficult because such care is frequently contingent upon geopolitics, such as location-based health-care policies that exclude transgender community attitudes and values. This article uses rhetorical cluster analysis to explore the combining two conceptual lenses—tactical technical communication and participatory localization—to study the do-it-yourself geopolitical medical literacies of transgender people in one Reddit forum. We found being trans online means to be tactical and geopolitical, encountering and negotiating geopolitical awareness of health-care options, exposing a privilege invisible to cisgender users.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Specialist publicationJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • care
  • culture
  • global
  • health
  • intercultural
  • international
  • medical


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