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Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 11, April 2018

Julian Rome
Pages 11-21
DOI: 10.5840/stance2018111

Trans Men & Trans Women
The Role of the Personal History in Self-Identification

This paper addresses one of the ways in which transgender individuals identify with respect to personal history, living “stealth,” whereby transgender individuals do not disclose their transgender status (that is, they present themselves as cisgender), oftentimes no longer considering themselves transgender. Individuals who live stealth are often criticized for inauthenticity; thus, this paper analyses Sartrean notions of authenticity and personal history, thereby arguing that the person who lives stealth is not living inauthentically but rather is constituting their conception of self through their past, present, and future projects.