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SEXUAL-ORIENTATION IDENTITIES, ATTRACTIONS, AND PRACTICES OF FEMALE-TO-MALE TRANSSEXUALS

The ways in which fema le-[O-male transsexual persons (J.TM TSs) form their sexual-orientation idcmirics (SOlOs) remains unclear. An improved understanding of the processes they employ might also further illuminate those used by other, more conventional members of society. I investigated some sexual attractions, practi<.:cs, and SOlOs of 45 self-identified FTM TSs. The data presented in this article are based on interviews conducted outside any clinical context. Interviewees ranged from those who had not yet initiated their transitions into men to those who were 18 years beyond that poinr.