Older transgender women in Thailand: views of service providers

Sara Amy Hair*, Julie King, Niki Edwards, Sharon Hayes

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-88
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • aging
  • service providers
  • Thailand
  • transgender


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