This study critically examines the discourses about the self-identity formation and public
perception about transgender community in District Mansehra, Pakistan. The study is
theoretically guided by socio-cognitive approach of discourse analysis. The data was collected in the participant
setting through in-depth interviews from the twenty transgender and fifteen respondents from the general public.
The views of transgender about their self-identity and public perception about transgender was analyzed in the
light of the linguistic choices while using socio-cognitive model. It was found that the self-identity formation of
transgender is socially constructed that was reflected in their discourse. Likewise, the status, acceptance and
overall social existence of transgender are also potentially determined by the views and narratives of the general
public. The study concludes that the identity formation and discrimination of transgender is socially and
linguistically constructed and internalized by the transgender community in specific and society in general.
1-Ghani Rahman Assistant Professor, Department of English, Bahria University Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Khalil ur Rahman Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Hazara University Mansehra, KP, Pakistan.3-Shahabullah Lecturer, Department of English, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat, KP, Pakistan.