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Transgenders Oppose Government Report

in INDIA, 22/03/2014

The recent report by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to tackle issues faced by transgender people has not gone down well with certain groups of transgender people in the country --- the oft-neglected trans masculine community who call themselves a minority within the sexual minority community.

Bangalore-based transgender men say the 13-chapter report that was put out last week does little to address their problems.

Last month, a group of transgender men, or female-to-male (FtM) transgenders, wrote to the Ministry asking for more focus on transgender masculine communities. They contended that the ongoing government welfare measures were focused only on hijras, Aravanis and other sections of male-to-female (MtF) transgenders.

Minorities Within Minorities

They demanded that while there are support systems available for male-to-female transgenders or transgender women, transgender men are left out. Said Gee Ameena Suleiman, a transgender man and Bangalore-based activist,”The government, through NGOs, is trying to reach transgender women through HIV programmes as they are a high-risk group. But transgender men do not have such a support systems as we don’t fall under the high-risk HIV bracket and are seen as women,” he said.

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