A Supportive Home for Transgender Students
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Interior Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Interior Design
Bibliography: pages 61-62
"Transgender people are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world, even in comparison to the rest of the LGBTQ community. They are at a higher risk of harassment, abuse, and discrimination, especially because of their physical appearance and emotional vulnerability. Their continuous rejection and stigmatization affect their mental, emotional, and psychological well-being. Often, due to these circumstances, refuge is found in their home. It is a sanctuary, a haven, and the only place where they feel completely safe without the fear of judgement. With an estimated 1.4 million transgender individuals in the United States, researching and understanding their needs, relationship with, and attachment to their home environment is important. This thesis aims to understand the interior design factors that affect transgender student’s needs in a residential space. It also focused to help them achieve the optimum level of privacy (Altman, 1975), which means the desired privacy level is equivalent to the achieved privacy level. The synthesis of a mixed-methods research methodology, including design theories, interviews with transgender individuals 18-25 years of age, and a series of observations, forms the design proposal."
Keywords: transgender, transsexual, gender dysphoria, gender identity, gender expression, gender non-conforming, masking, privacy, territoriality, and personal space
CHAIR: Navarro, Ricardo
Bonney, Courtney Grunninger
Boggs, Charles M.
PDF : 90 pages, illustrations (chiefly color), plans
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