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.