Projects & Grants

The influence of gender-affirmative care on the well-being of trans women in the Czech Republic and Thailand
Project IdSGS04/FSS/2024
Main solverMgr. Karel Pavlica, Ph.D.
Period1/2024 - 12/2024
ProviderSpecifický VŠ výzkum
AnotationTransgender people are one of the vulnerable groups who often encounter various forms of transphobia, bullying, discrimination or misunderstanding in social work, healthcare, and society in general. Especially after coming out and during the transition, trans people are at great risk of losing their jobs, breaking up relationships, being kicked out of the house, becoming victims of violence (including sexual), etc. Social stress caused mainly by misunderstanding and lack of support leads to a more frequent occurrence of risky behavior among this vulnerable group. The negative consequences of social stigmatization are particularly faced by trans women, whose specific situation, especially during the process of transition, can exclude them both from social life and can also be a barrier to access to social services (e.g., shelters for women in the Czech Republic may not accept them if they do not have a completed official transition). In Thailand, the trans women are accepted somewhat better at the social level than in the Czech Republic, but there is no possibility of legal gender recognition. Due to the reasons above, it is very important to promote the well-being of trans women at various levels, from the individual (e.g., by providing quality and informed social and healthcare services) to the systemic. And gender-affirmative care can be one of the fundamental factors that can influence the well-being of trans women. The aim of the project is therefore to compare the approach of the Czech Republic and Thailand to gender-affirmative care for transgender women, to find out what effect this care has on the subjectively experienced well-being of trans women living in the Czech Republic and Thailand, how both systems could inspire each other to promote the well-being of trans women, and based on the findings, formulate basic recommendations for the social and healthcare services working with trans women to reduce the risks associated with their social stigmatization.