Transgender is an umbrella term that describes people whose gender identity or expression does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgenders are widely popular in a country like India. The LGBTQ community has been given human rights i.e. to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. But still, they have to face so many challenges. Some transgenders are respected and some are not. Transgenders in society are given respect differently. As every human is different they are also different.

In India, there is a host of socio-cultural groups of transgender people like hijras/ kinnars, and other transgender identities like – shiv-shaktis, jogtas, jogappas, Aradhis, Sakhi, etc. Recently Section 377 also came into light after so much struggle finally they have got their human rights and no one can say anything to them now. It depends on us how do we perceive them. Now the LGBTQ community feels pride as they have got what they had struggled for a long time.

Some challenges of transgenders are they have to face poverty because they are not given employment opportunities so for earning money they go to houses to collect money on a specific occasion or go to traffic signals to earn money, they are not allowed to enter public places due to their gender and violence with them is very common these days. I don’t agree with their family members as to when the family members get to know that his/her child is transgender they start disobeying them and often tell to go away from the house. They should understand what is going on with them. But is it so we have to treat them? NO, everyone wants to live a respectable life without feeling restricted from all actions and endeavors.

Section 377 is irrational, arbitrary and incomprehensible as it *fetters* the right to equality for LGBTQ community LGBT community possesses the same equality as other citizens. What society thinks has no role in the freedom of citizens.

GAURI SAWANT is a transgender activist. At a very early age of 9, after her mother’s demise, Gauri realized that she is different from others. Gauri underwent transition with the help of Humsafar Trust. It was a struggle, but Gauri formed an NGO of her own called ‘Sakhi Char Chowghi’ in Malad, Mumbai. Gauri promotes safe sex and provides counseling to transgenders from the Mumbai suburbs. She is also the petitioner of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) judgment that was passed in 2013. She has given a nice definition of a mother and also planning to open a house named AJJI KA GHAR.

So it is our choice of how we treat every individual but everyone should be treated equally without any discrimination. Some are good people and some are bad but we are no one to judge. So don’t ever say oh this is a transgender, eww he is gay. it hurts every time you say all this.


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