Attitude of Young Adults towards Transgender Community in Idukki, Kerala.
Keywords:transgender people, societal stereotypes, attitude of young people
Transgender individuals are often found to be vulnerable and ostracized due to societal stereotypes and unwelcoming attitude of people. Being born with male or female anatomies but feeling different from the sex they have been born with often makes them marginalized as they do not fall into the category of the widely accepted binary genders. The study attempts to encapsulate the attitude and gender differences in the attitude towards transgender of Idukki district of Kerala, India. The study has adapted quantitative, descriptive design. The research problem raised in the study is expressed as: what is the attitude of young people in Kerala towards transgender? “The Attitudes toward Transgender Men and Women (ATTMW)” scale by Thomas J Billard (2018) was used for the data collection from 60 students of a selected college. Study yielded a rather realistic and positive attitude towards transgender in general. The study also documents the progressive measure taken by the Government of Kerala for the welfare of transgender community. The study has implications in understanding the general nature of Kerala’s young adults towards transgender and manifestation of gender related attitudes, in research, academics and in policy making.
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