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Transgender volunteers to direct traffic in Chennai

in INDIA, 26/07/2013

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.

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.



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