Healthcare and Global Tactical Technical Communication in Online Trans-DIY Forums

Avery Edenfield, Jared S Colton, Steven 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
Pages (from-to)433-457
JournalJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
StatePublished - Oct 2019


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