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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Identity proof, a ration card, birth certificate or even a bank account - acquiring these and more for sex workers, widows, single mothers, the elderly and other subaltern sections of the society can pose quite a challenge.
With an aim to give an honourable identity to transgenders, Madhya Pradesh Government has suggested that the third gender members be addressed by adding "Tgr" before their names on the lines of "Mr, Mrs and Ms in English and "Ki" in Hindi.
A Delhi court has stressed on the need for separate lock-ups, prisons and other provisions for transgenders, who have been declared as "third gender", saying they have full legal rights and "cannot be shuttled between man and woman depending upon convenience".
DMK president M Karunanidhi on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court verdict recognizing transgenders as third category of gender saying it brought a lot of joy to his party whom he said had strived for their welfare.
The Election Commission may have introduced `others` gender option in an attempt to uplift the oppressed communities, but the transgender community says they are still living in social stigma and are yet to be included in the democratic process.
Nearly two years after the Election Commission introduced `others` gender option, over 28,000 transgender community members have registered in the electoral roll so far and will be eligible to vote in Lok Sabha election.
Reflecting the woes of transgenders who have remained social `untouchables` with restricted access to education and jobs, only a minuscule 2,996 transgenders in Tamil Nadu enrolled themselves in the 5.3 crore strong voters list.