MAPPING NEW CONTOURS TO TIME & SPACE: A STUDY ON THE EMERGING TRANS FAMILIES IN KERALA

Authors

  • Susanna Thomas Assistant Professor, Department of English, Baselius College, Kottayam, Kerala.

Keywords:

Trans couple, queer lives, marriage, parenting, time and space

Abstract

Queer lives in Kerala take a new turn when the trans couple Ziya Paval and Zahhad Fazil became the first transgender parents as Zahhad delivered their baby on February 2023. Though Zahhad delivered the baby, he wants to enter his name in the records as the ‘father’ and his partner Ziya as the ‘mother’ in all the records and medical certificate. This new concept of a family threatens the conventional system of what constitutes family and parenting. The question of family time and space differ widely as far as the heterosexuals and the queer subjects are concerned. This paper is an attempt to study the unexplored realm of the trans family and parenting in Kerala, utilizing the concepts on time and space of Judith Halberstam as is discussed in her essay on the same.       

References

I. Halberstam, Judith. (2005): In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. New York University Press. pp 1-21.

II. Omar Rashid. (2023): The Right of Transgender People to Get Married, available at https://www.outlookindia.com/national/-i-have-a-right-to-get-married-magazine-281964, accessed 29 May 2023.

III. Sarkar, Vaaswat, S. (2023): A New Era of Inclusivity: Meet India’s First Official Transgender Parents, available at https://homegrown.co.in/homegrown-voices/a-new-era-of-inclusivity-meet-indias-first-official-transgender-parents, accessed 28 May 2023.

IV. Shah Chayanika. (2022): ‘Family Beyond Blood and Marriage: Queer Intimacies and Personal Law’. Sexuality, Abjection and Queer Existence in Contemporary India. Pushpesh Kumar (Ed). Routledge: New York. pp. 210-225.

Additional Files

Published

15-05-2023

How to Cite

Susanna Thomas. (2023). MAPPING NEW CONTOURS TO TIME & SPACE: A STUDY ON THE EMERGING TRANS FAMILIES IN KERALA. International Education and Research Journal (IERJ), 9(5). Retrieved from https://ierj.in/journal/index.php/ierj/article/view/2748