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

Promised empowerment of trans people and the new dealers of a false liberty

By Satya Rai Nagpaul In the last few months, one of the most publicised developments in trans rights in India was the employment of 23 transgender women by the Kochi Metro. On May 17, 2017, a newspaper carried a piece titled: ‘In a first, transgenders get jobs at Kochi Metro’. Elias George, KMRL’s MD, said:… Continue reading Promised empowerment of trans people and the new dealers of a false liberty

First as Apathy, Then as Farce: The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

By Gee Imaan Semmalar The Supreme Court judgment delivered by Justice KS Radhakrishnan Panicker and Justice AK Sikri on April 15, 2014 was widely celebrated as a landmark judgment that upheld the right of trans people to self identify our gender as male, female or third gender irrespective of gender affirming surgeries or hormonal therapy.… Continue reading First as Apathy, Then as Farce: The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

SPWG Deposition to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice & Empowerment, on TG Bill 2016: Part 1

CONTEXT: Ever since it was announced that the Government of India was tabling a Bill for the Protection of Transgender Persons in the Parliament, SPWG and other trans & intersex networks, and allies, have been responding to the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, and other MPs, bureaucrats, and governmental bodies to ensure that some… Continue reading SPWG Deposition to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice & Empowerment, on TG Bill 2016: Part 1

Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) 2016 Bill – Responses From Sampoorna WG and other Trans & Intersex Communities

CONTEXT: The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India introduced a bill in the Lower House of the Parliament in August 2016, titled the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) 2016 Bill. There are many aspects of the bill that are problematic, some especially contradict the Supreme Court of India’s Nalsa vs. Union of… Continue reading Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) 2016 Bill – Responses From Sampoorna WG and other Trans & Intersex Communities

Reaching for equality and the perils of a missing voice

Guest Post by Cianán B Russell  There is a desperately small number of opportunities for folks dedicated to the eradication of global sexism to come together, and even fewer of these with a focus specifically on masculinities and their impact on sexism. As transgender issues become more of a fixture in the media, these conversations have… Continue reading Reaching for equality and the perils of a missing voice

Reaching for equality and the perils of a missing voice

There is a desperately small number of opportunities for folks dedicated to the eradication of global sexism to come together, and even fewer of these with a focus specifically on masculinities and their impact on sexism. As transgender issues become more of a fixture in the media, these conversations have naturally shifted to include the… Continue reading Reaching for equality and the perils of a missing voice