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ACCESSIBLE. SELF/EDUCATIONAL. OPEN/SOURCE. COLLABORATIVE. INTERSECTIONAL.

Trans/form is envisioned as an accessible (self)educational tool in the form of a website shedding light on the scope of violence faced by transgender folx in India, extending to South Asia and through our experiences, across the world. It does so by emphasising intersectionality in the lived experiences of various transgender identity groups who face discrimination on a range of axes.

about

Our Story: The Gap

Initiatives emphasising intersectionality in violence faced by the trans community do not exist, thus largely invisibilizing distinctive atrocities various identity groups face on account of their gender identity as well as religion, sexuality, ability, caste, occupation, ethnicity and so on. The knowledge available in these spheres is generally scattered and inaccessible to the majority, which in turn fuels misinformation leading to stigmatization and superficial stereotyping. Moreover, knowledge and evidence that has been historically created by Trans people are often not taken seriously, and thus not used in research and policy work that impacts our lives.

Transform was first conceptualised as a ‘trans version’ of the rape culture pyramid, which is popularly used as a tool to understand how ‘small acts’ of violence that go unchecked often lead to ‘big acts’ of violence that are not taken seriously. As we continued building the tool, the shape of the pyramid did not serve the purpose we had in mind: to show that violence is cyclical, and that understanding the structural nature of violence is the only way to tackle it. We also did not want the information on Transform to be reductive to a few words, phrases and communities- so we let it get big to encompass as many people as possible in all our communities. We then took it to our first set of reviewers to tell us what they thought about the project and its scope. What you see now is a peer reviewed version of 15 months of research, reflection and the strength in our communities to build our resources and evidence to tackle the violence we face as trans people. 

Meet us in person (sort of)

Our Contribution: Trans/form

Transform seeks to bridge this gap by serving as an inclusionary collaborative platform helping dismantle and educate on trans experiences as narrated and reviewed by Trans people. The scope of Transform makes it adaptable in educational institutes; a self-educational resource wherein users of all ages and abilities can filter and control the content they interact with about trans identities and trans persons’ lived experiences of violence, marginalization, and transmisogyny; and public cyberspace encouraging interdisciplinary cross-cultural learning and advocacy. As a design-intensive microsite complete with a unique trigger warning and consent tools that bring control into the hands of each user, it will be a one-of-a-kind accessible tool advocating for better policy, and a progressive movement creating spaces for the trans community in a disproportionately violent world.

Be a part of Trans/form

With Trans/form, we want to make space for more Trans people to work in trans led/run environments, and we hope to make this an evidence collection mechanism that we can use to advocate for ourselves. 

There are many ways to contribute to the tool; you can add your narrative, links and information to the tool. You can also review the tool when we call for reviewers periodically.

And if you are an ally/friend, you can buy us a Kofi!

our people
Aiman

Aiman Shaikh / Researcher

Aiman (they/he/she) is a psychologist by day and sociologist by night, constantly trying to tie the loose ends of the two disciplines with each other. Their area of interest is feminist theory and research, mental health, social justice, discrimination, mental justice and how various (oppressive and oppressing) societal structures influence people's mental health.

Chayanika Iyer / Researcher

Chayanika (they/them) has been working at the intersections of trauma, culture, disability, gender, art, and resistance with various organisations since 2018. They find themselves wanting to figure out what it means to occupy, negotiate with, and build access to spaces for everyone. They like to spend their time off being scratched by their cat.

Mrinalini Godara / Producer

Mrinalini (she/they) is a queer designer, illustrator, and researcher who routinely takes up awareness and access-oriented developmental sector projects centring women's and LGBTQIA+ voices. She benefits from caste, gender and able-bodied privilege, which she is learning to dismantle and employ in creating a safer and increasingly equitable world through her work and interactions.

Bani Madan / Web Developer

Bani (they/them) is a nerd by choice and an engineer by mistake. They're a web developer who is interested in projects that deal with mental health, intersectionality and being queer/queerness.

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Jo Krishnakumar / Producer

Jo (they/them) is a trans queer researcher interested in all things sex, sexuality, gender and how different groups/people experience these wor(l)ds. Their work is informed by their constant learning/unlearning of the privileges they have due to their social location as a dominant/oppressive caste person (Nair) while also occupying space as a (mentally) disabled trans person of colour.

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Sara Bardan / Researcher

Sara (they/them) is a multidisciplinary feminist researcher working at the intersection of gender, labour, tech and urban studies. In their free time, you can catch them learning a new language, devouring a Manto short story or taking pictures of their cat.

acknowledgements
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The first round of research and development for Trans/form has been supported by The Open Society University Network (OSUN) Arts and Humanities Grant. Through the grant, we were able to pay our first batch of reviewers 

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The Boell Global Feminist Pitch supported our work for 6 months by funding our research assistants, the design, development and production of Trans/form for the web.

Michael Snook, for believing in this project and making us our first product design to be able to start creating this FOR REALS.

Sidharth Rath for his constant counsel and support on every detail through many panic calls.

Our reviewers, who have trusted in the process and our drive for this project from the beginning, telling us where we are going wrong, where we are going right and where we need to go. Our work is for you. 

Reviewers who were comfortable with their name appearing on the site: Akira, Aditya Vikram, Ananya V, Ankita Manna, Biraja, Chitra Rawat, Dona, Erin Milne, G, Hana, Janani Vaidya, Jaydeep Choudhury, Mia, Efi M T Gauthier, Shikhar Singhal, Teenasai, Shivrajeshwar Dhondge, Skye Griffin and Wree