The makers of the film 'Ardhanaari' stressed the need for a law to improve the living conditions and to protect the interests of transgenders in India. At a news conference held here on Sunday, Santhosh Souparnika, the director of the film, said that during the making of the film he came across more than 5000 hijras in Thiruvananthapuam. "We often forget the 'third sex'. It is sad that our Constitution has never thought of giving any kind of consideration to them," he said. >>>
A love for lipstick and eyeliner meant a lifetime of discrimination for Saiful Islam, until a transgender training scheme in Bangladesh helped bring him hard-won acceptance and land him his dream job.
You won’t find them begging at traffic signals or stripping to embarrass people into coughing up money. Yes, they are Hijras, but Hijras with a difference. Soon after living among their community, they realised they would rather return to their homes and earn a livelihood by dignified means. >>>
The staging of the play Being Eunuch by Nishumbita on Friday began with one of the characters addressing the audience, disguised as the narrator. As he disappeared into the wings, the auditorium was stormed by half a dozen eunuchs asking everyone for money! As it turned out, the surprise visitors were actually young men dressed as eunuchs enacting characters from the play. >>>
The 74-minutes-long film has won the best feature length documentary at the Mumbai International Queer Festival held between May 23 and 27. It was nominated along with 120 other films from 30 different countries.
It is important for judiciary to make “bold pronouncements in support of the transgender community” and consider their point of view, said Justice A K Sikri, acting chief Justice of Delhi High Court at a ‘public hearing’ on Saturday. >>>
“Do we have to live with day-to-day discrimination our whole life?”
“Is it a sin to be born a hijra?” asked Sita, a member of the transgender community, narrating her story of pain and trauma at a public hearing on “Social Inclusion and Access to Justice to Transgender Community” here on Saturday. >>>
Chandni, 27, braces for an early start to the day at 9 a.m. After a quick breakfast of tea and snacks, the eunuch from the Nangloi area steps out of her one-room office to greet around 50 supporters, including men and women. She is a candidate for the Delhi civic polls.