TN offers helping hand to transgenders May 22, 2008Posted by nitinkarani in Online/New Media, Transexual, Transgender.
From Rediff.com: http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/may/17gender.htm
May 17, 2008
“There are many who hide the fact that they are transgenders and work in society. The board is thinking of ways to help them too,” he says.
An enumeration during the annual Coovagam festival will yield a higher count, feel officials.
There are three types of transgenders — Nirvan Kothi, who have been operated upon; Aqua Kothi, who have not undergone sex change operations; and cross-dressers.
Rights issues that have to be dealt with — the way they are treated by thugs, cops and their clients. Transgenders normally stay in groups. Twenty of them will stay with one who has a house. They share their homes readily with their own kind. Housing has to be provided.
Recognition is another issue. They must have their own toilets; when they buy a railways ticket they must be allowed to write transgender in the sex column; they also need passports, voter ID and ration cards.
Transgender Welfare Board Director Manivasan told rediff.com, “This is unique. We are the first state to recognize these marginalized people. It is a physical handicap and nothing else.”
“We are first going to tackle general issue faced by all marginalized people — education, health and housing. This will be done after the enumeration. We are planning a transit home where they can stay temporarily and also meet to discuss their problems. We are also planning to start self-help groups among them. It has succeeded with other poor people and will help them too,” he added.