TRANS, GENDER NONCONFORMING & INTERSEX COLLECTIVES STRONGLY CONDEMN KINNAR AKHARA’S SUPPORT FOR RAM TEMPLE AT AYODHYA, INDIA

Cover Note

This is a statement issued by Indian Trans, Intersex and Gender Nonconforming (T/IS/GNC) individuals & groups in response to the Kinnar Akhada’s call for a Ram temple at the Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

This statement is being issued with the deepest sense of anguish, concern and condemnation at this call, which is bound to fuel communal hatred and violence.

Many traditional transfeminine persons & groups have been threatened for wanting to endorse this statement. Threats have been issued to certain members of the signatories list for initiating this statement.

We call the attention of the larger LGBTIQ+ communities, our allies, and international human rights defenders & organisations to take notice and join us in taking a stand against these attempts at saffronisation of the LGBTQI+ communities.

A total of 183 T/IS/GNC individuals, 20 LGBTQIA+ groups, 8 ally organisations, and 146 individual allies have endorsed this statement at the time of its release.

Endorsements are still being accepted until 11 pm, 30th November, 2018. Please send your endorsements to trans.solidarity@gmail.com in the format Name, Gender Identity/Expression (optional), Organisational Affiliation (optional), Location.

Please indicate which of the signatory lists you would like to be listed in:

  1. Trans, Gender Nonconforming & Intersex individuals
  2. LGBTQIA+ Groups, Networks & Organisations (Trans, Gender Nonconforming & Intersex led/shared spaces and otherwise)
  3. Allies in solidarity (Non-LGBTQIA+ organisations and queer and non-queer individuals)
    1. Organisations
    2. Individuals

 

THE STATEMENT BY TRANS, GENDER NONCONFORMING & INTERSEX COLLECTIVES 

We the undersigned strongly condemn the statements made by the representative of the Ujjain-based Kinnar Akhara, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, supporting the right-wing call for the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya. On 4th November 2018, the following video was available in the public domain, where this demand was stated.

Two days following this video, the Indian national daily Indian Express through its article, “Kinnar akhara bats for Ram temple in Ayodhya, second term for PM Modi” (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kinnar-akhara-bats-for-ram-temple-in-ayodhya-second-term-for-pm-narendra-modi-5435495/) provided further details.

The issue of building a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram at his supposed birthplace in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, breeds communal tension because this alleged birthplace is the location of a 16th century mosque, the Babri Masjid. The Hindu right-wing call to destroy the Babri Masjid was heeded in vigilante action on Dec 6th, 1992, with Hindu mobs attempting to demolish the Masjid. This heralded a new era of communal tension and was followed by unprecedented violence in several places in India, including in the state of Gujarat, where communal riots and brutal murders of thousands of Muslims occurred under the administration of the then Chief Minister of the state and the current Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. The ascertainment of the rightful ownership of this location is currently subjudice in the Supreme Court of India.

The establishment of the Ram Temple has been a favourite electioneering agenda that the current government has repeatedly used to mobilize votes and stir anti-Muslim sentiments among Hindu masses. Consequently, Muslims in India are facing widespread violence and persecution, and yet the State remains consistently silent through this violence. In this context, we find the statements by the Kinnar Akhara appalling and dangerous, and as members of the trans and gender-diverse communities in India we strongly condemn these statements.

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a dominant-caste brahmin trans woman, has been appealing to Hindutva ideology and justifying the existence of the caste system in India ever since she began aspiring for a political position within the current ruling party. Her position negates the politics of communal harmony that is espoused by Hijras and Kinnars, who have historically maintained a syncretic faith of belonging to both Hinduism and Islam. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi’s position idealises a mythical past of the Sanatan Dharam and supports the right-wing politics of communal hatred in the guise of ‘we were always accepted’.

It should be noted that while Tripathi’s position ostensibly seeks harmony between the realms of faith and gender/sexuality, in actuality, it is aligned with Hindutva and derives explicit inspiration from Nazi ideology. Such a stance is likely to deepen existing hierarchies of trans persons in dangerous ways, especially alienating minority-religious and atheist, gender expressions and identities.

Instead of challenging the very source of structural discrimination within patriarchy, such attempts to seek legitimization of the third gender along religious lines, is nothing less than gross competitive politics. Furthermore, several transgender people are already experiencing marginalization from the imposition of a religiously rooted third-gender identity in state policy upon all the various binary and non-binary identities under the transgender umbrella, even though the NALSA vs. Union of India (2014) judgment clearly states that people have equal rights and freedoms to choose their own identity irrespective of religious or physiological factors.

This same communal politics has been at work in the way the Hindutva-oriented State criminalized the multi-religious system of joint living and traditional system of begging practiced by the Hijra community in its Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016. The Bill’s proposed screening of trans bodies and its declaration that rape and assault of trans bodies would be more lightly punished than sexual assaults upon cisgender women, was a move in the spirit of the same Manuvadi patriarchy that creates a hierarchy of legal measures which depend on the social locations of the victims and perpetrators. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 adds even greater punitive measures for the system of organized begging and even punishes trans people who might help one another access medical transition. The bills, along with Kinnar Akhara’s statement, will deepen divisions and increase oppression for most transgender persons while also damaging the secular fabric of Hijra and transgender communities.

We also want to alert International agencies that have stood by the cause of LGBTIQ lives the world over: The United Nations [UN], Human Rights Watch [HRW], International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission [IGLHRC], International Lesbian and Gay Association [ILGA], Amnesty International, ARC International, Transgender Europe [TGEU], American Jewish World Service [AJWS], Asia Pacific Transgender Network [APTN], International Commission of Jurists [ICJ] and Global Action for Trans Equality [GATE]. If, you have either supported Laxmi Narayan Tripathi in the past or stand by her now, it’s time to increase your awareness of the implications of her statement and its implicit call to communal hatred. Such a stance has no place amongst agencies defending human rights. We call upon you to strongly condemn such voices.

Any government is a representative of its citizens. It is shocking to see that the current government has exercised no democratic methods to seek consultation and representation with the trans and gender-diverse communities of this country to inform its institutional responses & policies. This is evidenced by the government’s singular approach of consulting Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and trans persons from within the religious fold for the ongoing LGBTIQ related bills, the formation of an LGBT-related group within the National Human Rights Commission [NHRC], and so on. We emphatically contest this assumption of representation and declare that she and other trans persons representing religious bodies do not represent the vast array of trans & gender-diverse communities of India. This collective will resist the saffronisation of trans and intersex spaces. We unequivocally condemn such communal sentiments and continue to rest our faith in the Constitutional principle of the separation of state and religion.

Endorsements are still being accepted until 11 pm, 30th November, 2018. Please send your endorsements to trans.solidarity@gmail.com in the format Name, Gender Identity/Expression (optional), Organisational Affiliation (optional), Location and indicate which of the following signatory lists you would like to be listed in.

Signed,

A] Trans, Gender Nonconforming & Intersex individuals

A. Prem, Trans woman, AMANA I. Sobita, Trans man Renju Renjimar, Transgender Activist & Secretary, Dhwayah Transgender Arts & Charitable Society, Kerala
Adi, Transmasculine person, Kolkata Iliyas, kothi Ritoo, Trans woman sex worker, THITS
Aditya, Bangalore Iszabella, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Rosi, transgender person Payana
Ajitha, Transwoman, Tamil Nadu Italia, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Rozel Marwein, transman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Akkai Padmashali, Ondede J Kirthik Shiva, Transman, Chennai Ruby Sharma, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland
Alexis, Spectrum, transfemale, Chandigarh Jamal Siddiqui, Transmen Collective Rumi Harish, Transgender Queer Activist Musician
Amrita Sarkar, trans activist, BDS.Samabhabona, Kolkata Janet Masar, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Rushaan Kumar, Colorado College
Anannyeah Alex, Transwoman, Kerala Jason Mawthoh, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya S. Jovin, Chennai
Anindya Hajra, Pratyay Gender Trust Jason Shabong, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Sabeeh, Trans man, Bombay
Aniruddha Dutta, University of Iowa Jenny Khurai, Make Up Artist, Manipur Sagnik Puri, Student, University Of Hyderabad
Anjali Kalyanapu, Trans woman, THITS Joana, transwoman, Delhi Sai Bourothu, Trans Woman presently working with Police Reform.
Antax, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Jushna Begum, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Saishiva Varun, Transman, Bangalore
Anthony, trans woman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Kajal Abnaz, Transwoman, Kerala Samantha, Trans woman, THITS
Anu Shri, Lead Organizer, Trans Rights Now Collective, India Kanaga Varathan, Chennai Sanasam Debala, Trans man
Anumitra, FnP consultant Kavita, New Delhi Sanjeeva, Kothi, Ashraya organisation
Anush, Sappho, Kolkata Kayal, Transwoman, Tamil Nadu Santa Khurai, AMANA, Manipur
Anusurya, Chennai Kiran Raj, Transman, Telangana Saratha, Student Organiser, Trans Rights Now Collective
Aparna Banerjee, Trans activist, Amitie Trust, West Bengal Laya Maria Jaison, Transwoman, Transgender Cell, Government of Kerala, Kerala. Saravana, Kothi, Payana
Argha Ray Chowdhuri, Nadia Ranaghat Sampriti Society Liliana il Graziosco Merlo Turan, Agender transwoman, Bangalore. The decision of kinnar akhara is calamitous,  a debacle that will not only divide community on lines of religion and caste but also leave us divided and vulnerable to the transmisogynistic violence of the savarna imperialistic oligarchy that have been butchering and murdering our kind for millenia after millenia. To support these imperialistic aggrandizement is nothing but endorsing genocide based on transmisogyny along with lines of caste, and religion. Satya Rai Nagpaul, Sampoorna Working Group
Aroh Akunth, genderqueer person, Tata Insitute of Social Sciences Lima Jamir, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Sayan Bhattacharya, PhD student
Aruna Nath, Madhya Banglar Sangram Living Smile Vidya , trans activist and artist Sayantan Datta, Queer feminist activist and poet
Atreya, Transman, Tech Student, Hyderabad M. Selvam Transman, Tamil Nadu Shals, Genderqueer person, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay
Atsung Lkr, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland M. Ton, Trans man Shaman Gupta, transperson, Delhi
B.D. Khoisnam, Trans man, ETA M. Yaieeba, Trans man, ETA Sheethal Shyam, Transgender Activist & Kerala State Transgender Justice Board Member, Kerala
Banlum Warjri, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Mahen Deep, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Shikha, Genderqueer, Bombay
Barry, transman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Mallappa S Kumbar, Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum Shilpa Toshi Jamir, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland
Becky Nongsiej, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Mamta Begum, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Shirsho Basu, Gender Nonconforming person, PhD Student
Bishal Dey, Genderqueer Trans Person, University of Hyderabad Md. Anjali, Trans woman Sho, Genderqueer person, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective & Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, Bihar
Bittu Karthik Kondaiah, Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti (THITS), Karnataka Janashakti, WSS Md. Mastan, trans woman, AMANA Shreya, Genderfluid person, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay
Bobby Meitei, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Meba, transman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Shreya, Transwoman, Kerala
Bonita Pebam, AMANA, Manipur Meera Jasmine, Trans woman, THITS Shyam Balasubramaniam, Trans masculine person, Chip Design Engineer Bangalore/Coimbatore
Brandt, trans person, Bombay Meera Sanghamitra, Telangana Hijra Transgender Intersex Samiti (THITS) and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) Sintu Bagui, Anandam, Kolkata
Camelia, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Micky Lyngdoh, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Siva, Transman, Chennai
Careen Kharkongor, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Moa Negro, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Smruthi Narayan, Trans non-binary, San Francisco
Chandin Kathan, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Mona, transman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Sonu Paswan, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Chandini Gagana, trans woman, Bangalore Mridul, Trans man, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Sreekanth Kannan, Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum
Charupriyan, Trans Man, Bangalore N. Thoi, Trans man Sri, transperson, Chennai
Chitra, Trans woman, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective Nabisha, Transwoman, Tamil Nadu Steve Lyngdoh, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Chitraksh, Delhi, trans man Nanjunda Swamy, kothi Sumi Das, Moitrisanjog, Coochbehar
D. Muthamizh Sairam from Chennai Neel, Sappho for Equality Sunil Mohan, Gender queer person, Independent Researcher, Bangalore
Daniel Pyrbot, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Negha, Trans woman, Cultural Organiser, Trans Right Now Collective Surya Ishaan, Transgender Activist & State Transgender Justice Board Member, Kerala
Daya Gayathri, Transwoman, Kerala Nelly Nongrum, transman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Sushil, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland
Deepa Rani, Transwoman, Kerala Nelly Ryntathiang, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Swati Bidhan Baruah, Transgender lawyer, Guwahati High Court and founder of All Assam Transgender Association
Diana,  Transgender Rights activist,  Goa Nick, transmasculine person, Delhi Syama S Prabha, TG Cell, Kerala Government and Secretary Queerythm LGBTIQA+ Organization
Dinesh Yumkham, trans woman, AMANA Nisha Gulur, Human rights activist T.T. Kharshandi, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Dolly Tripathi, Trans woman, THITS Nishant Upadhyay, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tanmay, Genderqueer person, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bihar
Dona, transman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Nitai Giri, Anandam, Kolkata Tashi Choedup, Transgenderqueer, Buddhist monastic, and Human Rights, Interfaith activist, Bodhgaya, Bihar
Duncan Kharmon, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Nolly Sangma, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Tei, transmen, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Elfi, SYMPHALLIANG, MeghalayaLyngdoh, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Parvati, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Tharika,Transwoman, Medical College Student,Tamil Nadu
Esvi anbu Kothazham, Transgender person, Bombay Pavani, Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti Theertha Sarvika, Transwoman, Kerala
Fazel Marwein, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Philips, Hyderabad Queer Swaabhimana Yatra Thripthi Shetty, Transgender Entreprenuer, Kerala
Fergie, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Pooja, Trans woman sex worker, THITS Uma (Umesh), Jeeva
Ganesh, Transman, Trans Rights Now Collective Prosenjit Das, MA student, Kalyani University Vaishnavi, Trans woman, Tamil Nadu
Ganga Bhavami,  Intersex persons rights activist, Andhra Pradesh R.K. Tomy, Trans man Vidya, Hyderabad Queer Swaabhimana Yatra collective, Gender non-conforming trans person
Gareth, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Raabiya, Transwoman Vihaan Peethambar, Board Member, Queerala, an LGBTIQA+ organization
Gazel, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Rachana Mudraboyina, Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti Vijayarajamallika, Transgender Activist & Poet, Kerala
Gee Semmalar, Sampoorna Working Group Radha Kinar, Transwoman, Dimapur, Nagaland Vinnu, Trans man, THITS
Grace Banu, Founding Director, Trans Rights Now Collective Raga Renjini, Transwoman, Kerala Vishal Blah, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Hazel Marwein, transman, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya Raina Roy, trans activist and trans feminist, BDS.Samabhabona and Amra Odbhut Café Xiemen, transguy
Heena, Nadia Ranaghat Sampriti Society Raj, NB person, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Yuvi Nongkynrih, SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Heidi Saadiya, Transwoman, Kerala Ray R, Transgender woman, Law Faculty, Delhi University and AUD Queer Collective, Delhi. I support this statement. Kinnar Akhada’s support to construction of a Ram mandir is deeply disappointing. Zera Franko, Transwoman, Kerala

B] LGBTQIA+ Groups, Networks & Organisations (Trans, Gender Nonconforming & Intersex led/shared spaces and otherwise)

All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association (AMANA/AMNMA)
Amra Odbhut Café (queer cafe and collective)
BDS.Samabhabona (trans led intersectional group and collective)
Delhi Queer Fest
Hasratein, JNU Queer Collective
LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective
Moitrisanjog, Coochbehar  (community based organisation)
Nazariya: A Queer Feminist Resource Group
Orinam Collective, Chennai.
Pratyay Gender Trust, Kolkata
Queerala, an LGBTIQA+ organization, Kerala
Raahi – A Journey Towards Dignity is an organization that works on crisis intervention of marginalized genders and sexualities communitys in South India. Raahi endorses this statement and is comitted to anti caste politics and communal harmony among our community (Sreekanth Kannan, Sunil Mohan, Sonu Niranjan, Astha, Sathyakala, Deepta Rao, Rumi Harish, Sravanthi Dasari)
Sahayatrika
Sampoorna Working Group
Sangama, Bengaluru
Sappho For Equality, Kolkata – a LBT collective
SYMPHALLIANG, Meghalaya
Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti (THITS)
TISS Queer Collective
Vikalp (Women’s) Group, Vadodara

C] Allies in solidarity (Non-LGBTQIA+ organisations and queer and non-queer individuals)

Organisations

All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA)
Alternative – A Collective, University of Hyderabad
Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)
Karnataka Janashakti
National Federation of Indian Women
National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW)
Rites Forum
Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP), Sangli

Individuals

A. Gayathri, queer identified, Tamil Nadu Imti, Dimapur, Nagaland Ragamalika K, Journalist, Bangalore
A. Suneetha, Researcher J Devika, Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Kerala Rahul Roy, Film maker, Gurgaon
Aanchal, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Jayasree Subramanium, Academician Rajashree Raju, Board member, Queerala, an LGBTIQA+ organization, Queer activist, Kerala,
Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, DU Jijo Kuriakose, President, Queerala, an LGBTIQA+ organization, Queer Activist, Kerala. Rajesh, Dimapur, Nagaland
Aditya Nigam, Academic, CSDS, Delhi K. Sajaya, social activist Rajorshi Das, Queer non-binary person, JNU
Aditya Ravie, Gay, Hyderabad Queer Swaabhimana Yatra collective Kalyani Badola, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, Bihar Rama Melkote, Retd. Prof., Osmania University
Ahalya Ganesh, Hyderabad Queer Swaabhimana Yatra Kalyani, Hyderabad TISS alumni Rambo Meitei, Straight ally
Aisarya Dutt Roy, Research Scholar, CWS, University of Hyderabad Kavita Dasgupta, Filmmaker, Sweden Ranju Sahni, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan Bihar
Aisha Farooqui, Retired Kavita Krishnan, AIPWA, Delhi Ranvider Sahni, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan Bihar
Ajay Sahni, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan Bihar Khalida Parveen, social activist Rebul, Dimapur, Nagaland
Ajmal Khan, TISS Mumbai Kiran Shaheen, WSS Romeo, Dimapur, Nagaland
AK Dave,  LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Kiruba Munusamy, Supreme Court advocate Roshan Padhan, Research Scholar, University of Hyderabad
Ambika, social activist Koramoa Chumu, Dimapur, Nagaland Roshni Chattopadhyay, TISS Student
Anamika Dutt, Mumbai Kriti Budhiraja, PhD Student Rukmini, Mumbai
Anatya, Semiconductor Sales  Associate, Delhi L Ramakrishnan, queer person, Chennai S. Ashalatha, Activist
Anisha,  LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Laksman, Dimapur, Nagaland S. Seethalakshmi, Researcher & Activist
Anita Devi, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan Bihar Lanu Ao, Dimapur, Nagaland Saba Dewan, Film maker, Gurgaon, Haryana
Anu Salelkar, cis woman, Anubhuti Trust, Mumbai Lipok Ao, Dimapur, Nagalnd Samidha Satapathy, queer person, Cuttack
Anupama Srinivasan, Filmmaker, Delhi Madhavi Shivaprasad, PhD scholar, Mumbai Sandeep Bakshi, University of Paris Diderot, Paris, France
Anuradha, Aman Vedika Madhumeeta Sinha, EFLU University Sandhya,  POW
Aparajita Raja, AISF Maheen Mirza, Cinematographer, Bhopal Sandhya, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay
Arpan Kundu, Research Scholar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai Mandakini, Advocate Sarah Mathews, Sankalp Women’s Support Alliance
Arundhati Ghosh, Arts Support, Bangalore Manjula Pradeep, WAYVE Foundation Satyavati Kondaveeti, Social activist
Asha Devi, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan Bihar Meenu Pandey, New Delhi Savigul, Dimapur, Nagaland
Asha, All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch Meren, Dimapur, Nagaland Seema Azaad,  WSS
Ashim Ahluwalia, filmmaker, Mumbai Mitaja, HCU Selish Yumnam, gay person
Ashish Ranjan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, Bihar Moa Sangtam, Dimapur, Nagaland Shahana Bhattacharya, Delhi University
Atsope, Dimapur, Nagaland Moa Taku, Dimapur, Nagaland Shalini Krishan, queer feminist
Avi, West Bengal Forum for Gender and Sexual Minority Rights Moses Tulasi,  Independent film maker, Queer person Shruti, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay
Avijit Mukul Kishore Muskan, Sangli Siddharth Chadha, Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden
Ayush Vicky, Dimapur, Nagaland Nandini Rao, WSS Smriti,  LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay
B. Sonia, straight girl Neel, Hyderabad Queer Swaabhimana Yatra collective, Queer person Sneha Rajaram, Bangalore
Biju, Dimapur, Nagaland Nidhi Soujanya Snehashish Das, Queer person, Odisha
Brindaalakshmi K, queer person, Chennai Nilanjan Majumdar, Clinic & Laboratory, Kolkata Solanki Chakraborty, MPhil, University of Hyderabad
Chayanika Shah, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Nithin Manayath, Bangalore Sravanthi Dasari, Bangalore
Daksh Walia, Chandigarh/Delhi NCR Nivedita Menon, Professor JNU Sumitra,  Ankuram
Debomita Mukherjee, Research Scholar, University of Hyderabad O. Nongthomba, gay person Sunep Kashiram, Dimapur, Nagaland
Deepa Vasudevan, Sahayatrika, Queer Activist, Mumbai & Kerala. Olen, Dimapur, Nagaland Sunni Devi, Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan, Bihar
Deepan Kannan, queer person, Chennai Osur Umairasi, queer woman, Tamil Nadu Susie Tharu, Independent Scholar
Dr. Rukmini Rao Pawan Dhall, Varta Trust, Queer person Tejaswini Madabhushi, Hyderabad for Feminism
Dr. Soma Roy, Anandam, Kolkata Payoshni Mitra, activist for the rights of intersex individuals Uma Bhrugubanda, EFL University
Duncan, Dimapur, Nagaland Pinku, Dimapur, Nagaland V. Angayarkanni, Queer person, Tamil Nadu
Fr. Thomas Nainan,  National Council of Churches of India Pooja, LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Vasudha Nagarajan,  Advocate
Ganauri Devi, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan Bihar Praveena, Hyderabad Central University Vikram, Dimapur, Nagaland
Girija, social activist Prijith PK – President, Queerythm LGBTIQA+ organization, Queer activist, Kerala Vimala Writer, Social activist
Gyan Kumar, Dimapur, Nagaland Puloma Pal, Film Editor, Mumbai Vqueeram Aditya, Independent researcher
H. Bony, straight girl Pushpa Achanta, WSS Yan Lotha, Dimapur, Nagaland.
Howoto Sema, Dimapur, Nagaland R. Meera, WINS Yanger Jamir, Dimapur, Nagaland
Imkong Ao, Dimapur, Nagaland Rafiul Alom Rahman, LGBTQ Activist, Delhi

 

Cover note

This is an addendum to the statement issued by Indian Trans, Intersex and Gender Nonconforming (T/IS/GNC) individuals & groups in response to the Kinnar Akhada’s call for a Ram temple at the Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. Endorsements were still being accepted at the time the statement was released. This addendum carries the ndorsements that ensued.

2nd Wave of Endorsements to the TRANS, GENDER NONCONFORMING & INTERSEX COLLECTIVES STATEMENT CONDEMNING KINNAR AKHARA SUPPORT FOR RAM TEMPLE AT AYODHYA, INDIA

A] Trans, Gender Nonconforming & Intersex individuals

Aditi, Genderqueer person, LABIA – a Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Jeni Belo, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Prof.Dr.(Miss) A Mani, Researcher, CU; Senior Member, International Rough Set Society, Lesbian, Free Software Activist, Kolkata
Alim, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Karishma Taying, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Ravina, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh
Anjal, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Kavita, Trans non-binary individual, New Delhi Rekha Pading, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh
Arpita Gaidhane, non-conforming gender, Bangalore Ketki Ranade/KP, gender queer person, member LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Bombay Saidul, West Bengal
Assing, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Londé NgossoGender, Trans*, Gender Nonconforming & Intersex individual, Brussels, Belgium Saransh Pathak, Transman, ftm, Organisation FTM DELHI, Delhi. I endorse my opposition against to lakshmi narayan tripathy regarding her statement on Ram mandir. Trans are secular.
Avi, genderqueer male, West Bengal Lucy Haam, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Shirin Choudhary, Gender non-binary person assigned female at birth, New Delhi
Avro, genderqueer person, West Bengal Lulu Jin, Noamheiba Rajkumar, Gender Fluid, Spectra-Pondicherry University, Pondicherry (from Man-Binary, Stonewall Center, Massachusetts USA) Shirsho Basu, Non-binary, gender-nonconforming person of alternative sexuality, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Bebo Dulom, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Magma Bori, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Shubham Bose Roy, Genderqueer person, New Delhi
Biku Takal, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Marie Game, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Silpa Borang, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh
Bips, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Mayomi, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Soha Sanchorawala, Gender Non-Conforming, Diaspora, Massachusetts, USA
Choti, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Momo, trans woman, All Arunachal Pradesh Mumbal Association, Arunachal Pradesh Svati Shah, Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Eve Luhman, Transwoman, Portland, Oregon, USA Morgan, trans man, Kyiv, Ukraine Tony Wei Ling, transmasculine person, Los Angeles, USA
Hari Hara Sudhan aka Estelle Keerthana, Queer Translady, RGIYD Alumnus, Chennai Mx. Sap, Trans Non-Binary Agender Person, Mumbai Val White, Gender fluid/non-binary person, Massachusetts, United States
Jack Byrne, Trans man, TransAction, Aotearoa, New Zealand Natasha Amal Mendonca, Non-Binary person, India

 

B] LGBTQIA+ Groups, Networks & Organisations (Trans, Gender Nonconforming & Intersex led/shared spaces and otherwise)

Ambedkar University Delhi Queer Collective, Delhi
Birbhum Samporko, West Bengal
Burdwan Swapnil, West Bengal
Dumdum Swikrity Society, West Bengal
Genres Pluriels: Trans*, Gender Nonconforming, Fluid Gender & Intersex, Rainbowhouse Brussels, TGEU, ILGA Europe, OII Europe
Kolkata Rista, West Bengal
LGBTQ+ Catholic Space, India
Mauro Cabral Grinspan, on behalf of Global Action for Trans Equality [GATE], Argentina/US
Naan Biryani Dilli, New Delhi. Naan Biryani Dilli ( a collective of Non-Binary individuals) views Kinnar Akhada’s support for Ram temple at Ayodhya as a calamitous decision,  that would divide the community on the lines of caste and religion in face of communalistic nature of hindutva politics which is divisive and discriminative and perpetuates a rhetoric of hate against DBA community and Muslims. We condemn the statement made by the representative of Ujjain-based Kinnar Akhada Laxmi Narayan Tripathi supporting the right wing support for a Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Nazariya: A Grassroots LGBT-Straight Alliance
Queerabad, LGBTQIA+ Group, Ahmedabad. Founder and Director: Anahita S.; Co-Founder: Shamini; Team: Kenny, Siddharth, Riddhi
Samastha Trust, Karnataka
The Queer Muslim Project
West Bengal Forum for Gender and Sexual Minority Rights, West Bengal

 

C] Allies in solidarity (Non-LGBTQIA+ organisations and queer and non-queer individuals)

Organisations

Bebaak Collective (Voices of the Fearless), Mumbai
Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students Organization, JNU
Das Theke Das Hajar (DTDH), West Bengal
Humsafar Support Center for Women
Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, New Delhi
Vimochana: A Forum for Women’s Rights, Bangalore

 

Individuals

Aakanksha S., Queer person, Researcher and Ambedkarite queer activist, Bombay Jayasree Subramanian, Female, Independent Researcher, Hyderabad Sangeeta Chatterji, Washington DC
Abdul Vajid, London Kabi S, Queer Cis-female, Bombay Saptarshi Mandal, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
Abir Dasgupta, Independent Journalist, Mumbai Kalyani Menon Sen, Cis-woman Sasha R, Bengaluru. I condemn the statements made by the representative of Ujjain-based Kinnar Akhara, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, in support of the right-wing call for the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Aju Basil James, cis male Kavya, Bisexual Woman, Lawyer, Gurgaon Shabana Diler
Amita Pitre Mamatha Karollil, Ambedkar University Delhi Shalina Rodrigues, Ayurvedh and Beauty Care Specialist, Mumbai
Ammu Abraham, Female, Bombay/Mumbai Mamta Singh, Humsafar support center for women Shekhar Kumari, Nalgonda
Amrita, womyn, Hong Kong Manak Matiyani, Male, Queer/Gay, Activist, New Delhi Shipra Nigam, Independent researcher, New Delhi
Amritananda Chakravorty, Advocate, New Delhi Mario da Penha, Mumbai Shraddha Chatterjee, queer-rights activist, Delhi
Arpita Das, Independent Researcher and Activist, Sydney, Australia Mihir Samson, Advocate, New Delhi Shreyatama Datta, Sappho for Equality and JU QueerCollective, West Bengal
Arpita Jaya, Cis woman student ally, University of Hyderabad Moulee, Gay person, Chennai. Shruti Arora, feminist activist, Delhi
Arpita Phukan Biswas, Researcher, IITB, Mumbai Mukti Shah, Mumbai Shruti Vaidya, PhD Student, University of Chicago
Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM Namita Aavriti, Cis person, Bangalore Shyamolie, Research scholar, JNU
Bindhulakshmi Pattadath, Associate Professor, TISS Mumbai Neha Choksi, Artist, Los Angeles and Bombay Sophie Vanhaesendonck Parisse, Brussels, Belgium
Brinelle Dsouza, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Nitin Karani, Bombay Sumithra, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Deepti Sharma, New Delhi Pallavi Pratibha, TISS, Hyderabad Suraj H, Gender queer, Student, TISS
Dibyesh Anand, queer male, London Piya Chatterjee, Professor, FGSS, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, USA Surekha Pillai, Delhi
Dipika Jain, Centre for Health Law Ethics and Technology, Jindal Global Law School Poushali, Sappho for Equality, Kolkata Sutanuka Bhattacharya, Sappho for Equality
Divya S Sarathy, Chennai Pramada Menon, Gurgaon Tanima, Chicago/Delhi
Dr. Kunda Pramila Nilakanth, Female, Satyashodhak  Dalit Bahujan Mahila Vichar Manch, Mumbai Maharashtra. I and We (Dalit Bahujan women from Mumbai) endorse this statement and condemn attempts by Fascist Forces in India to ‘Co-opt the LGBTQ-non conformed community’ through so-called representative Laxmi Tripathi to achieve the purpose of saffronisation and destabilize secular fabric of India. Pratikshya Priyadarshini, Bisexual woman, Lucknow Tara, Cis woman, Bombay/Haryana
Faizy Rahman, Cis-queer, male, Mechanical Engineer, Delhi Technological University, Delhi Prerna Subramanian, Ontario, Canada Tulika Bathija, Educator, Japan
Gabriele Dietrich, Madurai Prithviraj Nath, Gay Male, Kolkata Uday Jain, University of Chicago, Chicago
Gautam Bhan, New Delhi Priyadarshini Ohol, Questioning, Artist, Bombay Valan, Sonipat
Greeshma Gireesh, New Delhi Rossi D’Souza, HeteroCis Male Ally in Solidarity with LGBTQIA+, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education – TIFR, Mumbai Vani Subramanian, Film maker, New Delhi
Hasina Khan Ruchika Tara Mathur, Policy Researcher, New Delhi Vivyan Sarlas, Lesbian, Delhi
J. Mandakini, Bangalore/Mumbai. I endorse the statement made by Sampoorna against Tripathi’s standpoint, and argue for a holistic approach in viewing a person’s identity. India’s freedoms are under threat and she shouldn’t be allowed to misappropriate the movement for her personal and political aims. Ruth Chawngthu, Head of Operations at Nazariya, Female, Mizoram/Delhi NCR

 

2 thoughts on “TRANS, GENDER NONCONFORMING & INTERSEX COLLECTIVES STRONGLY CONDEMN KINNAR AKHARA’S SUPPORT FOR RAM TEMPLE AT AYODHYA, INDIA

  1. Condemn the saffronization of lgbtq spaces strongly…kinnar association of laxmi tripathy DOES NOT TEPRESENT DIVERSITY OF Trans persons. Period.Ram temple is not the collective aspirations of lgbtq as a priority….dignity, to self define ones identity as per choice,livelihood issues, integration into mainstream society n health are MAJOR CONCERNS….

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