Older transgender women in Thailand: views of service providers

Hair, Sara Amy and King, Julie and Edwards, Niki and Hayes, Sharon (2019) Older transgender women in Thailand: views of service providers. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services: issues in practice, policy and research, 31 (1). pp. 65-88. ISSN 1053-8720


The social and cultural construction of aging and how it is experienced by transgender women in Thailand has been neglected within the academic literature. This qualitative study explored how Thai lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) service providers construct aging transgender women. Fourteen semi-structured in-depth interviews and one focus group were conducted in Thailand between 2016 and 2017 with LGBTI staff members whose roles ranged from volunteer to senior management. This research was a part of a larger doctoral research project. In considering both gender identity and older age, a clearer understanding is established on how notions of “older” for transgender women are constructed by service providers. Thematic analysis was undertaken, which established that there is a lack of heterogeneity and shared understanding of the concepts of “age” and “older transgender women.” This key finding was compounded by the invisibility of older transgender women in the Thai landscape, which limited the extent to which older transgender women have been included in targeted service provision. Older transgender women lack agency and voice and have failed to be involved in the shaping of services that meet their needs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 03:02
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 01:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thailand; aging Thailand; service providers; transgender
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4804 Law in context > 480407 Law, gender and sexuality (incl. feminist legal scholarship)
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230108 Gender and sexualities
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200399 Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2019.1548328
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46896

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