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Living Conditions and Quality of Life of Transgender in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Venkata Raja Malla, international Institute for Population Sciences
Reshmi Ramachandran Sukumari, Institute of Health Management Research

Sexual orientation of trans genders is unacceptable at the most places around the world. Living a dignified life is difficult for them. They often experience discrimination in the society. This study aims to investigate living condition and quality of life of trans gender living in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. We used in-depth interview and key informant interview for collecting information on the living condition and the quality of life of the trans genders. We conducted a primary survey in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. We interviewed the trans genders (n=110). We assessed physical, psychological and social well-being of the trans genders. We found trans gender often faced discrimination and experienced abusive behavior by the society members. Trans genders experienced poor economic status and engaged in begging and dancing for their survival. Lack of access to quality health care and no specific public health insurance were found. Most of the participants experienced poor physical and psychological health. Allocation of appropriate fund for supporting livelihood of the trans genders may improve their economic situation. Awareness campaign on acceptance of trans genders in the society and providing a dignified life is strongly encouraged.

Keywords: Gender, Inequality, Internal migration, Census data

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  Presented in Session P18.