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Masters Thesis | Nursing | India | Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023
Challenges Faced by Transgenders in Uttarakhand: A Qualitative Study
Dr. Raminder Kalra  | Anushka Sharon Dayal
Abstract: This qualitative study was aimed to assess the challenges faced by transgender in the society. Research question addressed were 1. How does it feel living within in the society, 2. What are the challenges faced by transgender in the society, 3. How do transgender community handle these challenges faced. The study employed a phenomenological research design. An unstructured in-depth interview guide was developed, including trigger questions. This research was carried out at Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Participants included Hijras/Kinnars from Dehradun. Sample size was based on saturation of data which was achieved after interviewing 7 transgenders. Participation in the study was entirely on voluntary basis. Data was collected through in-depth interviews which were audio recorded and transcribed. The data was thematically analysed from which themes, subthemes and categories emerged. Demographic data shows out that out of 7 transgender 5 were between the age of 25-34 years and one each of 19-24 years and 35-44 years of age. 3 were graduates and 2 had primary education and 2 had secondary education. One of them was self-employed and 6 of them were unemployed, Badhai was their source of income. All were unmarried and were Hindu. All the 7 participants were intersex at birth and express primarily feminine/female as their felt gender. Out of 7 participants only one participant had sexual orientation as homosexual rest of them did not have any sexual orientation. Themes emerged from the study related to living experience within the society as transgender were born to sacrifice, positive change in society, blessed with divine powers, better adaptation, living as a segregated community. Themes related to challenges faced by transgender in the society were social prejudice, societal rejection, psychological issues, social issues & deprives of basic rights of citizen. Themes related to handling the challenges faced were learning from experiences, ritualistic behaviour, and motivation.
Keywords: Challenges, Transgenders, Kinnars/ Hijras, Badhai
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023,
Pages: 886 - 890