Joining the police force was a dream come true for this promising athlete
from Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. But the joy did not last long as she
was dismissed from service a couple of months later. Reason: it was found
during a routine medical check that she was a transgender. >>>
Activists in Malaysia have launched the first transgender awareness public service announcement video of its kind on Youtube. Titled "I Am You: I Am A Picture Of You", the one-minute 40-second video features 11 transgender men and women reading a poem by Mitch Yusof, a Malaysian trans activist.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Informed Choice have filed a lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), Greenville Hospital System, the Medical University of South Carolina, and several medical personnel for allowing physicians to remove the atypical genitals of a 16-month-old toddler because that child, in the state’s custody at the time, was born with an intersex condition. >>>
A second transgender candidate has joined the campaign for the Karnataka state legislative assembly election on 5 May. Chandni, 35, registered nomination papers to stand in the Narasimharaja constituency.
Banglamung City Hall was chosen as the site to enlist military forces to be conscripted for the Army and Navy. The season of military conscription had come, and all the men from Banglamung who had reached age 21 came to register, both straight men and ladyboys.
A recent study from a medical group in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, found that one out of roughly 2,800 people in the capital of Sapporo admitted to suffering from gender identity disorder. In 2011 the Japanese Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry estimated that there were a little over 4,000 people nationwide with GID, but the ratio from the Sapporo study translates to about 46,000 people across the country.
Singer Huong Giang, who ended up in the top ten of the 2012 Vietnam Idol singing reality show, doesn’t mind donning a heavy dress made of 2,000 condoms as part of a community campaign to normalize condoms. >>>
Over the years, there have been various efforts on the part of the State Government to integrate members of the transgender community into mainstream society. While nearly 10 years ago, the then Jayalalithaa Government, in a path-breaking initiative issued appointment to transgenders in State government departments, around four years ago, the then DMK regime allowed transgenders to enter colleges under the ‘Third Gender’ category.