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Article: Thai transgenders in focus: Demographics, transitions and identities

TitleThai transgenders in focus: Demographics, transitions and identities
Authors
KeywordsDemographics
Identity
Thailand
Transition
Issue Date2006
PublisherHaworth Press, HBIGDA.
Citation
International Journal Of Transgenderism, 2006, v. 9 n. 1, p. 15-27 How to Cite?
AbstractData was analysed for a sample of 195 Thai transgendered females (i.e., male-to-female (MtF) transgenders) who had completed a questionnaire covering, inter alia, demographics, transition histories and sexual/gender identities. Mean age was 25.4 years. For demographic data, we found that our participants were often among the youngest in their family, that females played a prominent role in their lives (often rearing them without any male help), and that around one in five brothers (natural or step) were also transgendered. With regard to transition histories, we found that many participants had transitioned very early in life, beginning to feel different to other males, and identifying as non-male by middle childhood. By adolescence many were living a transgendered life. Many took hormones, beginning to do so by a mean age of 16.3 years, and several from as early as 10 years. Many underwent surgeries of various kinds, on average in the twenties, with one undergoing SRS as early as 15 years. As to identity, most of our participants thought of themselves simply as phuying (women), with a smaller number thinking of themselves as phuying praphet song (a 'second kind of woman'). A small number thought of themselves as kathoey (a more general Thai term embracing a variety of gender non-conformities). While most participants would prefer to be a woman, there were a few who seemed comfortable being transgendered. A few foresaw that they would not be living a transgendered life into old age. The vast majority expressed a sexual attraction to men. © 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/85203
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dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Transgenderism, 2006, v. 9 n. 1, p. 15-27en_HK
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dc.description.abstractData was analysed for a sample of 195 Thai transgendered females (i.e., male-to-female (MtF) transgenders) who had completed a questionnaire covering, inter alia, demographics, transition histories and sexual/gender identities. Mean age was 25.4 years. For demographic data, we found that our participants were often among the youngest in their family, that females played a prominent role in their lives (often rearing them without any male help), and that around one in five brothers (natural or step) were also transgendered. With regard to transition histories, we found that many participants had transitioned very early in life, beginning to feel different to other males, and identifying as non-male by middle childhood. By adolescence many were living a transgendered life. Many took hormones, beginning to do so by a mean age of 16.3 years, and several from as early as 10 years. Many underwent surgeries of various kinds, on average in the twenties, with one undergoing SRS as early as 15 years. As to identity, most of our participants thought of themselves simply as phuying (women), with a smaller number thinking of themselves as phuying praphet song (a 'second kind of woman'). A small number thought of themselves as kathoey (a more general Thai term embracing a variety of gender non-conformities). While most participants would prefer to be a woman, there were a few who seemed comfortable being transgendered. A few foresaw that they would not be living a transgendered life into old age. The vast majority expressed a sexual attraction to men. © 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHaworth Press, HBIGDA.en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Transgenderismen_HK
dc.subjectDemographicsen_HK
dc.subjectIdentityen_HK
dc.subjectThailanden_HK
dc.subjectTransitionen_HK
dc.titleThai transgenders in focus: Demographics, transitions and identitiesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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