Discussion about transgender people in India usually centers around women, often referred to as hijra, kinnar, and aravanis (in Tamil Nadu). There are numerous support and advocacy organizations throughout India that assist women, but less obvious are the resources that are available to trans men.
While certainly not exhaustive, this guide to resources for transgender men in India includes information about helplines and support groups, mailing lists, and doctors and surgeons.
Also see: Trans Masculine Identities In India
Help Lines and Support Groups
A movement, a family, and a team of young transsexual people, volunteers and friends, Sahodari was founded by Kalki Subramaniam, a successful transsexual woman from Pollachi, Tamilnadu. Formally registered the organization in July 2008, Sahodari has been very active in transgender rights advocacy in India. The Foundation’s main objectives are:
- To promote social, political, and economic equity and campaign for civil and legal rights of Transgender and intersex people.
- To work for establishing social, economic, and environmental justice for Transgenders, intersex and gender non-confirming people and to eliminate oppression and exclusion based on such factors as race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, legal status, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
- To prohibit discrimination based on “gender identity or expression” and ensure that the entire range of transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people are protected.
A sexuality minorities human rights organization for individuals oppressed due to their sexual preference, including Female-to-male/male-to-female transsexuals and other transgenders. We aim to help live their lives with self acceptance, self respect and dignity.
Helpline: see website
Support group for LGBT communities, AIDS awareness programs for MSM in Baroda, Surat and Rajkot.
Contact: Sylvester Merchant
Helpline, support group for lesbians, bisexual, transgender.
Contact: Indira Pathak/Maya Sharma
Phone: 0265-5535610, Monday to Friday, 10 – 4p
Alternative Law Forum
Bisexual women, lesbians, MSM in general, transgender people.
Sexual health agency for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.
Contact: Renu Appachu
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides support for queer women, lesbian, bisexual women and F2M transgender people.
A volunteer-run, non-profit community support organization for transgender people, providing assistance to anyone troubled by gender dysphoria, plus support for SOFFA’s (significant others, families, friends and allies.)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bi-monthly ‘Sunday High’ events related to LGBT rights and health issues and other regular events (picnics, outings, etc.)
Contact: Nitin Karani, Vivek Raj Anand, Girish Kumar P
Web: bombay-dost.pbworks.com, www.bombaydost.co.in (magazine)
A Trans network of Indians across the globe. [Trans: Transgender, Transsexual, Intersexual and Gender Variant]. The Group meets monthly in Mumbai. Membership can be requested by writing to: email@example.com. The network also keeps connected through a mailing list (see below.)
NEW! FTM Delhi
New group that meets up in New Delhi every month to discuss the problems and issues facing trans men in India.
Anjuman – Jnu Students’ Queer Collective
Anjuman seeks to initiate discussion on queer issues on campus.
Saathii – Chennai
Support/empowerment of all non-heterosexual and transgender people regardless of self-identification; awareness-raising of alternate sexualities and gender issues.
Contact: Dr. L. Ramakrishnan, Country Director (Programs and Research)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
A helpline for members of the transgender community, their families and the public.
A Trans network of Indians across the globe. [Trans: Transgender, Transsexual, Intersexual and Gender Variant]. The network keeps connected through a mailing list. The group also meets monthly in Mumbai (see above.)
LGBT-India Yahoo! Mailing List
Outcome and preferences in female-to-male subjects with gender dysphoria: Experience from Eastern India.
Majumder A, Sanyal D. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2016 May-Jun;20(3):308-11.
This is a retrospective study of treatment preferences and outcome in 18 female-to-male (FTM) transgender subjects who presented to the endocrine clinic.
The mean follow-up was 1.6 years and only one subject was lost to follow-up after a single visit. All subjects desiring treatment had regular counseling and medical monitoring. All FTM subjects were cross-dressing. Seventeen (94.4%) FTM subjects were receiving cross-sex hormone therapy, in the form of testosterone only (61.1%) or gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist in combination with testosterone (11.1%) or medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) depot in combination with testosterone (22.2%). FTM subjects preferred testosterone or testosterone plus MPA; very few could afford GnRH therapy. Testosterone esters injection was preferred by most (72.2%) subjects as it was most affordable while 22.2% chose 3 monthly injections of testosterone undecanoate for convenience and better symptomatic improvement, but it was more expensive. None preferred testosterone gels because of cost and availability concerns. About 33.3% of our subjects underwent mastectomy, 38.9% had hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and only one subject underwent phalloplasty. About 16.7% of FTM subjects presented with prior mastectomy depicting a high prevalence of unsupervised or poorly supervised surgeries not following protocol wise approach.
Notwithstanding of advances in Standards of Care in the Western world, there is lack of awareness and acceptance in the FTM subjects, about proper and timely protocol-wise management options leading to suboptimal physical, social, and sexual results.
Gujarat Burns Hospital and Research Centre
Dr. Manoj Khanna
Dr. Shivaram Bharadwaj
Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research
Gender clinic with Surgeons, endocrinologists and psychiatrists.
Dr. Kavita Arora – Therapy
Dr. Kotwal – Top Surgery
Web: www.sitarambhartia.org and gender.dysphoria.googlepages.com/home
Dr. Rajat Gupta
Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon
Top Surgery & Phalloplasty
Dr. Suresh Gupta
Dr. Narendra Kaushik,
Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon at
Olmec – The Transgender Surgery Institute
JD Block 2nd Floor 3c, Gate No 2 Ashiyana chowk, Lala Jagat Narayan Marg
New Delhi, Delhi, 110034, IN
Phone: +91 96500 23401
Top Surgery, Metoidioplasty, Hysterectomy, Phalloplasty. 15 years experience. View Phalloplasty photos here.
Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma
Dr. S.S. Sethi
Dr. Selja Sen
Dr. P.K. Talwar
Dr. Sadhna Vohra
Phone: 011 – 26021324
Dr. Khazanchi – Medanta Medicity
Dr. Prapul Chandra
RFF, ALT and Abdominal Phalloplasty
Dr. Sudhakar Krishnamurti
Dr. Gurvinder Kalra
Asst. Prof., Department of Psychiatry, Sion Hospital
(Note: “Very enthusiastic about trans work.”)
Dr. Dheeraj Kapoor
Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute
Dr. Sanjay Pandey
GRS India Foundation For Gender Reassignment & Gender Issues
Top Surgery, Metoidioplasty, Phalloplasty (MLD, ALT)
Dr. Neeta Patel
Phone: (+91) 9867137294 (secretary’s cell phone)
Dr. Devendra Save
Psychiatrist, Karuna Hospital, Borivali W
Note: Appointments can be booked in person only.
Dr. Parag Telang
Top Surgery, Hysterectomy, Metoidioplasty and Phalloplasty
Last updated: 07/15/16
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