Thursday, Oct 01, 2020 | Last Update : 04:48 AM IST

189th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra1351153104994735751 Andhra Pradesh6811616123005745 Tamil Nadu5863975307089383 Karnataka5824584697508641 Uttar Pradesh3908753312705652 Delhi2730982407035272 West Bengal2505802198444837 Odisha212609177585866 Telangana1872111564311107 Kerala179923121264698 Bihar178882164537888 Assam169985139977655 Gujarat1332191132403417 Rajasthan1288591077181441 Haryana1237821059901307 Madhya Pradesh117588932382207 Punjab107096840253134 Chhatisgarh9856566860777 Jharkhand7770964515661 Jammu and Kashmir69832495571105 Uttarakhand4533233642555 Goa3107125071386 Puducherry2548919781494 Tripura2412717464262 Himachal Pradesh136799526152 Chandigarh112128677145 Manipur9791760263 Arunachal Pradesh8649623014 Nagaland5768469311 Meghalaya5158334343 Sikkim2707199431 Mizoram178612880
  Discourse   17 Dec 2017  Live and let live

Live and let live

THE ASIAN AGE. | NEIL PATE
Published : Dec 17, 2017, 2:47 am IST
Updated : Dec 17, 2017, 2:47 am IST

One needs to understand that all transgenders are not alike and need different things from healthcare.

Each transgender person has a different story and different need — including general healthcare and support system that is unrelated to his/her  transition status.
 Each transgender person has a different story and different need — including general healthcare and support system that is unrelated to his/her transition status.

According to the 2011 Indian census, the country’s transgender population is roughly over five lakh. However, social workers and trans activists claim that the number is much higher. While the exact numbers is unknown, what is important is the degree of discrimination and hardships the community faces in attempting to secure their basic rights to life, safety, healthcare and livelihood. Hence, doctors, police and public who show humility and are sensitive towards personal and medical issues faced by transgender persons are more likely to gain their trust.

Did you know that the suicide attempt rate among transgender persons is quite high? This is because they are subjected to gender-based victimisation, discrimination, bullying, violence, rejected by family and friends, community, harassment by family members, police and even public at large. Worse still is the the discrimination and ill-treatment meted out to them at hospitals, police stations and government offices.

 

One needs to understand that all transgenders are not alike and need different things from healthcare.

Each transgender person has a different story and different need — including general healthcare and support system that is unrelated to his/her  transition status.

Owing to past unpleasant experiences, many transgender persons or patients avoid sharing information about their identity and medical history with doctors and counsellors in hospitals.

Hence, it is important for families, the judiciary and healthcare professionals to be more inclusive, respectful, and responsive to the needs of transgender persons. Hope that’s not asking for too much!

 

Tags: transgender, sex change, transgender population