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Trans-Attraction: Not Kink or Fetish, but a Legitimate Sexual Orientation*

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Abstract: Cisgender men whohave sex with transgender women (MSTGW) are a relatively invisible population,known primarily through porn, erotica, kink, or diagnosticcategorization. Labeled gyandromorphophilic,trans-amorous, trans-erotic and trannychasers, the monikers used to describe the sexuality of MSTGW do notconsistently encompass the nuances of orientation, attraction, identity and behavior of this population. Because theychallenge conventional sexual orientation categories, MSTGW are often reduced to designation as subsets ofexisting binaries or variant type of sexuality, excluding them from thevalidation, support and connection thatcomes with community identification. In aneffort to challenge the heteronormative, cisnormative and transphobic oppression inherent in MSTGWdesignation, the authors utilize the sexpositive term trans-attraction.This article seeks to address the researchquestion: What is the lived experience of a self-identified trans-attracted cisgender man? Using a qualitative auto-ethnographic approach, the authorsdescribe and analyze a case study (Randy’s story) to expose readers to thepraxis of our collaborative autoethnography. The authors utilize reflexivity tocontemplate a lived experience of trans-attraction, explore the limitedbinaries of sexual orientation, and consider trans-attraction as less of anurban phenomenon and more of a legitimate sexual orientation.

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