A Study on Transgender Persons and Their Family Reactions
In-depth interviews were taken from 1) the transgender young and 2) their parents. The present researchers reached those youth and their families through NGOs. Interviews focused on family history, sexual orientation and gender identity, religious belief, family response and reaction, adaptation or rejection, experiences from relatives, neighbourhood and school, victimization, stress and coping, sources of support, future aspiration, and choice of partner. The research was done in Kolkata, a metropolitan area. Respondents varied from lower economic class to middle class. Their education level varies from illiterate to post-graduation. Family reactions also widely varied regarding their sexual orientation. In some cases these reactions also affect the transgender persons’ mental health. A very few cases , transgender persons got family support in making choice of their own partner.
Data are analysed through SPSS. It is observed that family‘s responses towards their transgender young are related with the income and education.