Neglected. Oppressed. Ostracised. The transgender community in India and the world have not had it easy. From not being recognised as a third gender to now being integrated into the mainstream industries, they have come a long way. And these five landmark movements, are just the beginning of a radical movement.
1. Odisha accepts transgender recruitment in police services
The Odisha Police Recruitment Board and Selection Board Constable (Communication) have opened applications for transgender people for the posts of constables and sub-inspectors.
“For the first time, a public advertisement has been issued seeking application from transgender people in government jobs in the state. Including the transgender people in the force will not only boost the confidence of the community but also change the society’s perception towards transgender people,” said Pratap KumarSahu, the founder of The Odisha Kinner and Third Gender Mahasangh.
2. Karnataka becomes the first state to provide 1 percent reservation for transgender people in government jobs
The state government informed the Karnataka high court that it had amended the Karnataka Civil Services (general recruitment) Rules, 1977, to provide one percent reservation for transgender people.
This was made possible after Jeeva, a charitable trust filed an interlocutory application (IA). They challenged the exclusion of the Karnataka government’s notification to recruit only men and women with no regard for transgender people.
The reservation will now be applicable in each category of general, SC, ST, and OBC.
3. Narthaki Nataraj becomes the first transwoman to be appointed as a member of the Tamil Nadu Advisory Committee
TN Chief Minister MK Stalin recently revamped the state development policy committee. He appointed 10 new members, one of them is Narthaki Nataraj. She identifies herself as a transwoman. She’s not only the first transperson to be included in the state development advisory committee, but also to be honoured with the Padma Shri, for her contribution to Bharatanatyam. In addition, she was adjudged with the prestigious Kalaimamani award in 2007, by the Tamil Nadu government.
4. Uttarakhand issued its first transgender IDs to two transwoman
Aditi Sharma, 30, from Uttarkashi and Kajal from Dehradun, are the first two transwomen in Uttarakhand to get their official trans identity. They both were born in male bodies but felt a surge in female hormones. The Dehradun district administration felicitated their paperwork and got them certified legally. Receiving their true legal identification, They were both overjoyed to receive their true legal identification.
5. Bihar set up its first transgender home in Patna
The state has taken this landmark step as an effort to integrate transgender people into mainstream society. The home is set up under the ‘Garima Greh’ scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The objective is to make them self-sufficient by empowering them with skill training programmes. “We will also introduce computer literacy programme, language courses and entrepreneurship skills. Besides, we will start coaching to prepare transgender people for the recruitment in police services under the proposed separate police battalion for them,” said Reshma Prasad, the convener of the organisation.
Acceptance and support, these two factors can change the lives of thousands of those who identify themselves as transgender. We hope more such encouraging incidents happen in India and around the world.