Our identity creates obstacles for us: Transgender activists

For the transgender (TG) and Hijra communities, visibility is the biggest challenge as it invites derision and discrimination from people and compounds their problems. This sentiment was echoed by the representatives of the sexual minorities in India at the Third National Hijra Habba or the ‘Transgender Festival’ held in the New Delhi.

Bangladesh hijras voice anger at gender test failures
Bangladesh hijras voice anger at gender test failures

Bangladesh`s hijra community voiced outrage Thursday after nearly all those appointed to government jobs set aside for transgenders were disqualified after an official medical test deemed them fully male.

Can't frame rules for transgenders in UPSC: Centre to Delhi HC
Can't frame rules for transgenders in UPSC: Centre to Delhi HC

  The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it can't frame rules for including transgenders in application forms of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams as the apex court is yet to clarify definition of third gender.

Why transgender not an option in civil service exam form: HC

Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Centre and UPSC why transgenders have not been included as a third gender option in application forms for Civil Services Preliminary (CSP) examination.

Bill to empower transgenders in next Par session: Thawar Chand Gehlot

 The government on Saturday said that it would introduce a bill in the next session of Parliament to bring transgenders in the mainstream of the society.

Bills on transgenders, disabled in monsoon session: Gehlot

The government is working on an umbrella policy for transgenders and a bill on their rights would be introduced in parliament in the coming monsoon session, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said on Thursday.

India more progressive than US on transgenders: Activist Amruta Alpana Soni

India is much more progressive than the US when it comes to the third sex, says activist Amruta Alpesh Soni. She is only the second to get an Indian passport in the "T" (transgender) category and the first such to get a US visa, albiet under the "female" category.

Rajya Sabha clears bill to protect rights of transgenders

In a significant step towards the welfare of the transgender community, the Rajya Sabha, Friday, unanimously passed a private member’s bill to protect the rights of the community.

Laverne Cox poses bare for transgenders' empowerment

 Actress Laverne Cox, who advocates the cause of the LGBTs, has posed bare for a photoshoot to encourage fellow transgender folks to celebrate their bodies.

One year on, transgenders wait for social inclusion

Thanking the Supreme Court of India for recognising transsexuals and transgenders as a "third gender", members of the community on Wednesday marked one year of the "historic judgement".

Which bathroom to use? 'Third gender' still face such issues

A year after the Supreme Court's landmark judgement granting them the right to self-identify their gender, the transgender community says much still needs to be done for 'social recognition.'

Transgenders celebrate SC verdict by pledging to donate eyes

On the first anniversary of the Supreme Court judgement recognising the transgenders as 'third gender', a number of activists from the community on Wednesday celebrated the occasion by pledging to donate their eyes.

Jadavpur varsity admission form now includes third gender

Adopting an inclusive approach in education, the Jadavpur University here has included a separate column for the third gender in its admission forms for this year, an official said.

Barack Obama calls for stop to gay 'conversion' therapies

US President Barack Obama is calling for an end to so-called conversion therapies that seek to change sexual or gender orientation of young homosexuals or transgenders.

Elders unite in RS to seek equal rights for transgenders

Rajya Sabha members from across the political spectrum joined hands on Friday to ask the government to take steps to bring the transgender community, facing social stigma and ostracism, into the mainstream.

Shankar didn't try to offend transgenders in `I`: Ojas Rajani
Shankar didn't try to offend transgenders in `I`: Ojas Rajani

Filmmaker Shankar hasn't tried to offend the transgender community in his Tamil magnum opus "I", says popular makeup artist Ojas M. Rajani, who essayed an important role in the film.

30 transgenders held in Tamil Nadu

Thirty transgenders were on Tuesday taken into custody for trying to stage a picketing near Erode Municipal Central Bus-stand, demanding removal of some scenes in the Tamil film 'I', which, they alleged, showed their community in bad light.

Transgenders irked at 'I', threaten to take legal action
Transgenders irked at 'I', threaten to take legal action

 Unhappy over the way their community had been portrayed in director Shankar's new Tamil film 'I', a group of transgenders today staged a protest in front of the regional office of the Censor Board here, demanding an apology

Nine transgenders sing for album

Breaking societal stereotypes, nine transgenders from across India have come together to take a musical step towards establishing their identity by lending their voices to an album that was launched here Saturday.

Transgenders come out to offer safety tips for women on roads

In an unusual initiative, a group of transgenders on Tuesday had safety tips to offer to women in the national capital as they urged them to take precautions before boarding autorickshaws and cabs in the wake of the rape of a 27-year old woman allegedly by a cab driver.