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Transgender is an umbrella class (category) combining people of different sexual identifications, orientations and behaviours.
Recently, some articles in printed media described the experience of change of both sex and social status as well as arising problems related to a social and family ties, job situation, and everyday life. The akin materials are called anecdotic evidence, they draw attention to the subject and show that the problem does exist. Nonetheless, it is almost impossible to find some unbiased information. The Russian society features the high level of xenophobia and tends to discriminate minorities. Along with that, lack of unbiased information about transgenders is characteristic to more advanced countries too. While at the very initial stage, topical studies are already being conducted though. Russia does lag behind, but not very much so.
To conduct this kind of studies, Transgender Fund had organized a Gender dynmics research (GDR by TGF) group in cooperation with academic researchers and enthusiast students from Moscow State University and Higher School of Economics. 80% of the group’s members represent the transgender community, while the rest share values of LGBT rights and feminist values. To the best of our knowledge this is the first research group in Russia , and one of the few worldwide focusing particularly on transgenders’ problems and needs. The group’s mission consists in popularization of the study results among experts, LGBT organizations and population as well as in practical implementation of the results to help and develop the transgender community.
Results of a study focusing on transgender family problems (‘Transgender parenting in Russia’) have been presented at a roundtable discussion of LGBT problems in the frame of the 5th International Conference on AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia held in Moscow on March 23-35, 2016. In the end of April, the same study has been presented to the 10th conference ‘The Modern Russian Society and Sociology’ dedicated to the memory of Yu. Levada. You may wish to have look at the presentation. [http://transgender.team/portals/0/transgender_team_research_intro.pdf]
Results of ‘The Study Of The Time Perception Among Transgenders’ have been presented at the international conference of students, graduates and young researches ‘Lomonosov 2016” (held in Moscow University) and at the contest of works of MSU’s Psychology Faculty students held by the Student’s Research Society.
The aim of the ‘Self-Appraisal And Life Quality Of Transgenders” study is to develop practical guidelines for both experts and common people in selection of the most effective self-realization ways in order to help to reduce the level of depression among transgenders and their suicidal risks.
The newly initiated “Difference Of Needs Of Binary And Non-Binary Transgenders” study may help efficiently apply assisting services and techniques to different transgender groups depending on their self-determination and self-identification.
Now, we are preparing technical prerequisites to conduct an estimation of the size of different transgender groups and study possible medical, social and cultural differences within the transgenderness. All the Fund’s activities have a pronounced interdisciplinary nature and are based on a complex approach. All GDR by TGF projecst try to obtain the unbiased information about transgender people and the ways to depathologize transgenders. The GDR by TFG mission is to reduce the transfobia level within the society. The purpose of all studies is to elaborate evidence-based recommendations for advocacy and reduction of transgender discrimination in different domains of the economic, social and cultural life.
We are open for the collaboration in conducting studies on behalf of the transgender society, their support and sharing.