TRANS-A GENDER IDENTITY ISSUE.

An identity issue, that is stigmatized by the society.

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K Prithika Yashini, aged around 25 years, is the first transgender person to become a police official in India.

There is a very insightful documentary on the subject titled “Kiss the Moon” by director Khalid Gill.

Hijras have been portrayed on screen in Indian cinema since its inception, historically as comic relief. Deepa Mehta’s Water features the hijra character “Gulabi” (played by Raghubir Yadav), who has taken to introducing the downtrodden, outcast widows of Varanasi to prostitution.

In August, 2015, a music video featuring 7 hijras dressed in outfits or uniforms of various professions and singing theNational Anthem of India created by a YouTube channel Yathartha Pictures went viral for being the first National Anthem video sung by hijras in India.The hijras featured in the video were brought together by the Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based NGO which promotes LGBT rights.

This has nothing to do with a persons faith believe or religion because Transgender is that mismatch between a persons gender identity expression, and their assigned sex they have conventional sexual orientation labels inadequate or inapplicable. They do not feel genuine, authentic, and comfortable within their external appearance as well as internal requirements now a days there are several medical reatments such as hormone replacement therapysex reassignment surgery, or psychotherapy. But the improper living condition economic deprivation isolation led them to live a miserable life.Gender identity issues, dual role , discomfort in an assigned gender, physical and psychological problems, hormonal imbalance, distress, disability , mental and emotional trauma due to rejection and so on.The social stigma attached to this specific human race still goes on even though its been six decades since our country gained independence and yet there is one important minority that still continues to live in constant fear and daily humiliation. It’s that sect whose very existence is treated as a crime. They are between us still they are seperated and seen as distinctive creature and this minority belong’s to all those who have alternative sexualities—lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT).

Gazal Dhaliwal takes you back into a time when she was a girl trapped in a male body. She was taunted and humiliated in school and college but with her parents’ unconditional love and support, she underwent a biological sex reassignment surgery and is a confident woman today’The oppression and humiliation faced by gays and lesbians is no less tragic. They become aware of their different sexual orientation in a very homophobic society.The resultant confusion, fear and guilt haunt them through their youth but the society they belong to the lack of adaption by society as considering them being normal with what they are born. Deepak Kashyap, a counselling psychologist, experienced this first-hand while growing up—the fear and trauma even making him contemplate suicide. Despite associations of psychiatrists and psychologists all over the world stating that it is a normal human variant. Since heterosexuality is regarded as the universal norm,Some parents force heterosexual marriage on their gay son or daughter. The result is catastrophic not just for the individual but also for the person they are married to. However, some gays and lesbians have received love and support from their families who accepted their sexual orientation and this has been crucial for them to find happiness Some serial are continuously supporting and trying to educate puplic about the third gender as normal and should be adopted as what there orientation is.Many transgenders have with great courage completed their education despite the harassment, but are denied jobs or discriminated against.  Hirak Dey, who has her own beauty parlour in Raipur, and Veena Sendre who works as a beautician, prove that transgenders can all be gainfully employed and socially integrated. Today all of us have to be involved in the struggle against the discrimination and torture faced by the LGBT community. The biggest obstacle to equality for the LGBT community comes from the law. To our eternal shame, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code still criminalizes homosexuality—even among consenting adults. It is considered to be ‘against the order of nature’ and such acts are punishable for a term which may extend to upto 10 years. This law is a blot on modern India and must be amended.

According to 2014 survey the third gender in the country is counts for 4.9 lakh. While transgender activists estimate the numbers to be six to seven times higher, they are thrilled that such a large number of people identified themselves as belonging to the third gender, despite the fact that the census counting happened well before the Supreme Court order gave legal recognition to the third gender in April 2014.
Countries Giving Transgender People Fundamental Rights the In total, seven countries now offer an alternative option on their legal documents, till 2014 the U.S. government does not allow for a third, non-specific gender option on legal documents. Particularly in Asia, countries like Australia has ruled that the government should recognize a third, neutral and non-specific gender besides the traditional “male” and “female” categories. With this landmark ruling, Australia also became the world’s sixth country to recognize a third gender option for its citizens. The first to do so on its census forms was Nepal, following a 2007 decision Supreme Court landmark decision ruling against gender identity discrimination. Nepal is believed to have become the world’s first country to include a third gender option on its census forms, which it initiated in 2011. India has long recognized a community of five to six millions Indians as “hijras,” citizens who don’t identify themselves as either male or female. For years all such Indians were grouped together broadly under the term “eunuchs,” despite the fact that only 10% of them identified as such. However, this changed in 2009, when the nation’s election authorities decided to formally allow an independent designation for intersex or transgender voters. The move meant that Indians could choose an “other” category indicating their gender in voter forms. Other countries in row are Pakistan Bangladesh Germany new Zealand Australia to recognize the third gender as a specific Gender .

 

Remembering the traffic instruction advertisement by the eunuchs, and similar to that was a seat belt awareness advertisement.

Bursting myths Hijras are often encountered in streets, trains and other public places, demanding money from young men. If refused, the   eunuchs may attempt to embarrass the person into giving money, using obscene gestures, profane language and even sexual advances. There are several myths surrounding the eunuchs community. Hijras are considered dangerous. They are known for bestowing blessings, but they can bestow not only blessings but curses too. The curse of childlessness is wielded as a weapon against anyone who refuses to give them money or makes fun of them. These eunuchs perform religious ceremonies at weddings and at the birth of male babies, involving music, singing and sexually suggestive dancing. These are intended to bring good luck and fertility.Although the eunuchs are most often uninvited, the host usually pays them ‘Many fear the eunuchs curse if they are not appeased, bringing bad luck or infertility, but for the fee they receive, they can bless goodwill and fortune to the newly born.

Hijras are said to be able to do this because since they do not engage in sexual activities, they accumulate their sexual energy which they can use to either ‘bestow a boon or a bane. Of the hijras we interviewed, Humaira narrates, “The notion widely held is that when we curse people, it is accepted by God but we do not curse them very often. We are instructed by our gurus not to curse people except in very extreme because our prayers go directly on arsh; our curses are accepted by Allah”.Another myth that is known about the hijras is regarding the burial of their dead bodies. While most of the   eunuchs interviewed during the research seemed apprehensive and reluctant to the question relating to the burial of their dead bodies, only one of them talked very briefly about it. According to Saima, (one of the eunuchs interviewed), the hijras bury their dead bodies at night and not during the daytime. This is so because although they bury their dead bodies in the same graveyard where all individuals/Muslims do, it is a widely believed notion that since the eunuchs an not give birth to a child, anyone who sees their dead body will tend to suffer from bad luck and infertility for the rest of their life. Thus it is evident that the identity of eunuchs is fabricated with myths and portrayals that might or might not be true.

Due to illiteracy and societal rejection the large number of LGBT are involved in such activities which harnesses them into the risk of HIV/AIDS, sex workers,

Transgender people in Indian politics Long history of transgender in Indian politics, in 1996 Kali stood for elections in Patna Munni ran for the elections in South Bombay that year. Kamla Jaan run and win the position of the mayor of Katni in MP.  Then there was Shabnam Mausi, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2002 as well. Heera won a seat at the city council of Jabalpur, Meera won a similar position in Sehora, and so did Gulshan in Bina. In December 2000, Asha Devi became the mayor of Gorakhpur, and Kallu Kinnar was elected to the city council in Varanasi. Shabnam Mausi is the first transgender Indian or hijra to be elected to public office. She was an elected member of the Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly from 1998 to 2003.In 2000 Shabnam Mausi became India’s first eunuch MP on 4 January 2015, independent candidate Madhu Bai Kinnar was elected as the mayor of RaigarhChhattisgarh becoming India’s first openly transgender mayor. Manabi Bandopadhyay became India’s first transgender college principal, On 5 November 2015, K. Prithika Yashini became the first transgender police officer in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Conchita Wurst is an Austrian pop recording artist In 2011, Neuwirth began appearing as Wurst – a female character noted for her beard from an early age he recognised that he was different from other children, initially believing that this was because there was “something wrong” with him.

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