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  • Friday, June 17, 2016

    June 20, 2016 4:45 PM - June 20, 2016 5:45 PM

    IJ Room

    • Swagata Banik, PhD ;
    • Edmond (Eli) Coleman, PhD ;
    • Walter Bockting, PhD ;
    • Mark Padilla, PhD ;
    • Mariette Allen, MFA ;
    • Vivek Anand, MMM ;
    • Shruta Mengle, M.Sc. ;
    • Alpana Dange, MPhil
    OBJECTIVE: Gender variance and cross gender behavior is widespread throughout the world and different cultures place different values upon this behavior.  However, most studies of transgender people and their health care needs focus primarily on gender binary identities such as transgender men or transgender women, and exclude those who do not identify as exclusively male or female. Thus, the diverse identities and experiences of gender minorities are often subsumed under the gender binary without accounting for the complexities of gender variance and the potential relationships among gender expression, context, culture, and social experiences. This generalization results in few insights about culturally-specific gender expression, and limits the relevance of the knowledge gained for the improvement of care for gender nonconforming people globally.  To address these limitations, this symposium brings together a group of transgender health researchers to present findings from a series of exploratory studies on diverse samples of gender variant people from seven cultures: Myanmar (Burma),  Thailand, Mexico, French Polynesia, Cuba, India and Puerto Rico. The purpose of this symposium is to increase our perspective and understanding by including the full array of gender identities and experiences found across these seven cultural settings. Findings will be discussed in terms of their implications for the health and wellbeing of gender variant people worldwide.   The primary aims of this full scientific session are:  i) To describe patterns and meanings of gender variance in Myanmar, Thailand, Mexico and French Polynesia;   ii)  to explore gender variance in Cuba, Myanmar and Thailand through photography;   iii)  to describe third gender expression and experiences in India;    iv)  to explore issues related to gender, context and health behaviors among transwomen  in Puerto Rico;   v) to discuss implications for our understanding of gender and current approaches to transgender health care.   Leading investigators from the University of Minnesota (Dr. Eli Coleman), Baldwin Wallace University (Dr. Swagata Banik), Florida International University (Dr. Mark Padilla), and Columbia University (Dr. Walter Bockting) and a noted photographer and author (Mariette Pathy Allen) will deliver four oral presentations and an  interactive discussion  related to their ongoing research on gender identity, gender expression, health and wellbeing among gender variant people across different culture contexts.    The symposium will consist of the following presentations:   i) Walter Bockting, PhD (Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute): Opening remarks – 5 minutes; ii)  Eli Coleman, PhD (University of Minnesota): A comparison of four unique subcultures of gender variance in Myanmar, Thailand, French Polynesia and Mexico: How Status can Trump Stigma. - 25 minutes;   iii) Mariette Pathy Allen, M.F.A. Vision of gender diversity through a photographer’s lens: Myanmar, Thailand and Cuba.     Slideshow and Commentary: 20 minutes;   iv) Swagata Banik, PhD (Baldwin Wallace University), Walter Bockting, PhD. (Columbia University), PhD, Vivek Anand, MMS (Humsafar Trust, India), Shruta Mengle,M.Sc (Humsafar Trust) and Alpana Dange, M.Phil (Humsafar Trust): Expressions and experiences of third gender in India. - 15 minutes;  v) Mark Padilla, PhD, MPH (Florida International University) –   An ethnographic analysis of gender variance and the changing meanings of gender terminology in Puerto Rico.  - 15 minutes;  vi) General discussion – 10 minutes. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Walter Bockting.

    Category: Ethnic/Racial Diversity