TRANSGENDER PERSONS: SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, EXPERIENCE OF INDIFFERENCE AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT IN COIMBATORE DISTRICT

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ISBN Number : 978 - 1- 73036 - 904 - 9


Book Overview

The term transgender has been derived from the Latin word ′trans′ and the English word ′gender′. No particular form of sexual orientation is meant through the term transgender. The way they behave and act differs from the ′normative′ gender role of men and women. Leading a life as a transgender is far from easy because such people can be categorized neither as male nor as female and this deviation is "unacceptable" to society′s vast majority. Trying to eke out a dignified living is even worse (Sathasivam, 2011). The term is used broadly â€to describe people who transcend the conventional boundaries of gender, irrespective of physical status or sexual orientation†(Feldman and Bockting, 2003). The term is used to refer to groups such as transsexuals, cross–dressers, drag queens, drag kings, and gender queers, as well as myriad other members of the â€gender community†( Kidd and Witten, 2007; Sims, 2007; Witten and Eyler, 1999; Witten and Eyler, 2007; Witten, 2003). However, it is important to understand that these terms are dynamic in location, cultural interpretation and context, in time, and in personal/political meaning, and needs a careful application. UNDP, 2010, generalized that Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression, or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.