Hum-1040 Indian Social Problems
AAKASH RAJESH (19BME0465)
SAURABH VIJAY MUNJAL (20BEE0199)
DEBASMITA PAUL (20BCE0841)
IMPACT OF GENDER
DYSPHORIA ON HOW ONE
FUNCTIONS IN A SOCIAL
NO. - ISP2023VK/D
Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort that usually occurs in people who
identify themselves as different from their sex assigned at birth. Gender-diverse
people might experience gender dysphoria at any point in their lives
A study has been conducted national institute of medical, mental Health and
neurosciences in Bangalore which has stated that almost 31 percentage of
transgender people end up their life by committing suicide.
Among those 31 percentage of transgenders almost 50 percentage of transgender
have committed suicide even before their 20th birthday and it is mostly due to fear of
rejections from my family and friends in society.
Gender Dysphoria is not about clothing or a feminine or masculine name. It is an
innate sense of themselves.
- What is your assigned sex at birth ?
- What is your current gender identity?
- Have you ever considered transitioning
- Do you think it is necessary for a person to undergo transition if they are facing gender dysphoria?
- Have you undergone any gender affirming procedures?
- If yes, what were the challenges you faced during the process?
- If no, what are the reasons why you didn't do it?
- Have you talked about your gender identity with your primary caregivers
- When did you start questioning your gender identity?
- What is your current occupation?
- Are you satisfied with your job?
- If resources are provided , how will your current occupational and economic status change?
- What has been the biggest hurdle you had to face because of your gender identity
- How did your and workplace dress code affect you?
- What were the problems you had to face while using a public washroom?
- Do you feel safe in public places?
- What was your support group?
- Are your parents accepting of your gender identity?
- If you are a menstruating person, how did the lack of awareness around menstruation affect you?
Type of study - Cross-sectional study
Type of research - Qualitative Analysis
Research design - Descriptive Research design
Tools of data collection - Interview Guide
Sampling : Snow ball sampling
Source of data - Primary data
Data analysis - content analysis
Target population - The Trans community
Area - Chennai
Sample size - 10
Difficulties faced by trans community in contemporary society
Societal discrimination faced by trans people during and after
gender affirming care (transition)
The person giving interview is a 23 year old transwoman from a Punjabi family born and
brought up in Chennai. She is currently pursuing Sociology honors.
She talks about how she was supressing her feelings as growing in a very restrictive family.
Her school life was not that great and she was bullied multiple times and support it by sharing
various incidents. She tried repressing memories but some instances are unforgettable.
In 2019, she figured out that she is facing Gender Dyphoria. She talks about how it felt like a
soul of a girl trapped inside a male body. Definitely it is not an easy thing to imagine, world see
you a boy but you yourself imagine as a girl trapped into a body of a boy. She felt helpless and
questioned her own existence.
External pressures like social stigma towards transgender people and also the traditional
orthodox parental upbringing also intensified my stress and depression.
She also talks about transitioning and how she convinced her family for it. She started
transitioning in June 2020.
She also mentions how recovering from transitioning was a traumatic experience. There were
lot of stitches, blood and judgment.
Most of the responses were from people who were born male. Two of the changed their gender to woman and the
rest identify as non-binary.
Half of them don't see themselves transitioning in future because
Most of the respondents have not talked about their gender dysphoria with their parents because of the stigma
attached to it.
The responses were from students, an NGO worker, a young fashion designer, a veterinarian and an IT engineer.
Problems faced by them include
The dresscode in school and workplces are binary
Most of their support groups were friends and people from the community rather than their parents.
They are being judged by people for wearing makeup and dressing "differently" in public.
Many Transgender people or a person going through gender dysphoria feels uncomfortable in sharing the space
with other cis men. Most of them have developed shy bladder (uncomfortable in peeing around people)
Most of them are not even aware that transman menstruate.
- They didn’t have the courage
- It’s difficult for them to accept things as they are
- They are not aware of such facilities and don't have the right guidance
- The cost of transitioning starts from 6-8 lakhs in India
- Being judged for gender non-conformity
- Living in a hostel, talking about my feelings
- Lack of confidence and not able to process my own emotions
- A lot of decisions being biased by their gender identity
Answers from Interview guide