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Transgender volunteers to direct traffic in Chennai

They are often seen begging at traffic signals. But soon, members of the transgender community will be managing traffic at those very junctions. A non-profit organization in Chennai has trained 10 transgenders to work as volunteer traffic safety assistants, and they will join duty in August.

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26th July 2013 12:40

Alessia Valenza

The idea is to empower members of the community, against which discrimination is rife. "A group of transgenders kept asking me for money while I was standing on a street. When I protested, they said they wouldn’t be begging if they were given jobs," said K Mahadevan, founder of One Indian Road Safety Organization (OIRSO), the non-governmental organization that trained the 10 transgenders.