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Finding a job for a transgender can be tough, in the face of harassment and non-acceptance from co-workers | Shiba Prasad Sahu/Express
Transgenders knock on 'closed doors' for jobs

in INDIA, 24/08/2013

Employment has been denied to transgenders because of their identity. The problem that Sandhya experienced bears ample testimony to how educated transgenders too are denied jobs and fall prey to discrimination. There are exceptions and some are employed in mainstream jobs. However, discrimination and constant ostracism has led to their employment being short-lived.

It is thus no surprise that transgenders have requested the State government to provide separate reservation in jobs for them. Clearly, it is a necessity if they are to safeguard their social status and secure employment. Angel Glady, a transgender who is a freelance layout designer, says, “I am an engineering graduate who joined the organisation as a male. Once I went back to the organisation after my transformation I felt completely alienated as my colleagues were not willing to talk to me.  I eventually had to quit the job.”

Glady says she knows transgenders who have tried to rise above the prejudice that society has thrown at them and take up dignified jobs. She says, “Some people I know have tried to make a living by driving share autos. However, the moment passengers see transgender drivers they avoid those autos.”

Banu S J explains how most transgenders are estranged from their families. They become school or college dropouts and as a result are forced into demeaning occupations like begging or sex work to earn a livelihood. Banu is convinced that government jobs are the solution to their problems and could go a long way in changing people’s perceptions about the ‘third’ sex.

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