I'm just reposting two videos in Malayalam that I'd already posted earlier in this thread but said I wanted to try translating later. This time, I've tried to make good on my promise and provided an attempted translation for each of them. The first video shows Malayalee trans women being interviewed and sharing a bit about the kind of discrimination they face and what their lives are like. I have attempted to translate this video in its entirety:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5kU0tvcavM
Dr. Gireesh: Is homosexuality illegal or legal? Even at a time when so many discussions are horribly tormenting our society, what is the personality of homosexuality? We have four friends here today who experience homosexuality, who have become homosexual individuals. Let's find out about their personality through this mutual discussion.
You have, uh, the body of a man but the mind of a woman. Are you at all happy to live this way? Do you feel sadness or difficulties in your mind?
Dr: You have the body of a man, the mind of women.
P: Yes, we do. We're upset that we ended up being...being this way, being like men, so to speak.
Dr: You don't prefer to have the body of a man.
P: No, no. It's women's bodies that we prefer to have. I mean, if I can say this, I feel really angry whenever I see women walking around all dressed up, so to speak. Like "I can't do that; I can't walk around in a dress" - I have that worry in my mind.
Dr: What is (your) most important dream, the most important dream in (your) life?
P: It's to live with a good family, to live with a husband and a child adopted legally.
Dr: You're not interested in giving birth to a child.
P: That won't work for me. To adopt a child legally and live with a husband - that's a desire I really have. That is my only desire.
Dr: Are you a woman only for sex, or are you a woman in all the thoughts, experiences, and dreams you have had your whole life?
P: No, there's everything having to do with a family, that is, with a husband, kids...I have that sort of [desire].
Dr: No, but you're not interested in, like, getting married to a woman...
P: No, no.
Dr: ...married and living with her.
P: Oh no! I'm a woman, aren't I?
Dr: OK. (turning to Unni)
What's a dream of yours?
Unni: Well, my dream is...if I was a good man, I'd go find a wife, marry a woman, and live happily with a family...
Dr: Is it a wife or a husband that you want now?
U: No, at that point...I'm saying if I was a man!
): Okay, (and) under the present circumstances?
U: Under the present circumstances, I want to marry a normal guy and live (with him).
Dr: One man is enough.
U: Yeah, one man is enough.
Dr: So do you want to bear his kids, and do you have dreams of trying to get pregnant by receiving his semen?
U: As far as that's concerned, all I can do is dream about it, isn't it? We can carry on with our lives through that sort of a thing, through dreams.
Dr: What's a dream of yours?
Akhilesh: For me now, whatever has happened, this is the way it's ended up. Now everybody asks, "Can't you get better?" When I was in sixth and seventh grade, everybody used to say, "Can't you get better?" I want
to get better; society isn't letting me!
Dr: What is society doing?
A: What society is doing - now I, now I'm better alone. Y'all found a medicine and made me a man. I became a man - I became a man. I could tell you, I could tell everyone over there, I could tell everyone that I was a man, but I could never walk through that road alone. They'd see me exactly the same way they saw me before. All they'd say is "go away."
Dr: Do you hurt other men more often than these men hurt you, or the other way around?
A: They usually hurt me
. Here's something that happened the day before yesterday: Somebody called me over saying, "Get over here, get over here." Then I realized he was a total fraud. I said, "I'm not coming. Let me go!" He said, "Hey, why aren't you coming?" while slapping me on the back. My body...my whole body was shaking.
A: Yes, my whole body was shaking! When I got halfway down that road junction and told a traffic policeman, this guy told him, "Sir, he's 'the other one'." Then the policeman said, "(slapping on back)
Get out of here!" So then where does that pickpocket stand, and where do I stand? We...
Dr: Even the justice that a pickpocket gets...
A: We don't even get that! So what I'm saying is you should get rid of this...this law that's come out now.
Dr: What's a dream of yours, specifically?
Shaji(?): Well, I've decided that I don't particularly want to get married right now. It's a decision that a lot of us have already made.
Dr: Do you want to go to a nunnery?
S: No, no, no! All of us were sure that we wanted to be women. Now, while we're walking around like this...like this, we cut pens(?), and we're thinking we want to walk around as women. Now, as we thought this way, when we went for project, uh, training, we [saw] a lot of people, and people who did that, those things themselves gave us many opinions, [saying] don't do it whether you're aware of it or not. There are even people who did do it among us. They told us about the things that they're experiencing, that they're not getting married and not to continue to do this(?). Oh, and sometimes now, now, Prem has her mom. Now, I neither have a mom nor have a dad. So now I have to walk alone. Now, Prem has her mom. So Prem's mom, when my mom passed away, he and I - so at the time my mom died, Prem was with me. When he was with me, my mom had specifically said, "Never get mad at each other. No matter what problems come along, Shaj..." yeah, I was just in love with Lazar. So, "Shaji," uh, "any prob-" I get mad all of a sudden. If I get mad, Prem gets mad, too! So no matter what I say or what Prem says, Prem just...so no matter how mad we get at each other, if not today, the next day, either she'll call me or I'll call her. We're like twins, right...
Dr: These faces and these voices, we may see as strange or different. Perhaps beyond their voices, we may make people experience how different their bodies(?) are. When so many souls and so many people with (their own) personalities live in our society, and as common society debates whether the Supreme Court decision commenting on the new law should be implemented or not, we can think and grasp the reality that the creating of these faces, these voices, and these bodies(?) and these collective creations becoming part of us are not their fault.
The second video is completely different (though still on topic for this thread). It's another interview but with a doctor, from my parents' hometown, possibly a former student of my grandmother's, where he talks about supposedly using a medical procedure to cure homosexuality (as he might put it). I did not translate this whole video; I got only up to about 5:50:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6sbYiiN5GY
I'm actually going to leave this one surrounded by spoiler tags:
Because I stopped trying to translate it when I saw that there was a similar video that already has subtitles in English! The interviewee is the same and says pretty much the same things in this video as he probably did in the other one (I haven't seen the whole video yet