In a country where the LGBT are still struggling with basic rights and equality in society, even in the 21st century, Kerala is giving us a tiny ray of hope. Hope that someday people won’t be shamed for who they are anymore and the Indian society would be a lot more accepting and a lot less discriminatory.
A transgender activist Vijayarajamallika is bringing about a major change in the way transgenders live their lives in India with the proposal of a residential school for them in Kerala, the first ever in India! A lot of people belonging to this community cannot even earn their livelihood because they’re denied proper education, those who do get access to schools end up dropping out because of the shame we, as a society, associates with one being a transgender.
The school will aim to educate drop-outs so they can be taught IT skills and other development programmes so they can go out and live their dreams! The school proposes to prepare them for examinations equivalent to Class Xth board examinations.
"Even though organisations like Kochi Metro are coming forward to provide job opportunities for transgenders, the lack of qualifications is seen as a challenge among transgenders," said Vijayarajamallika.
"We are seeking a residential area in Kochi for this. The revised 2016 Budget allocates Rs 10 crore for welfare programmes of transgenders in the state and 58 NGOs have already submitted projects and proposals for the same. The practicality of such projects is doubtful. Therefore, we will approach the government for financial help only after it proves to be worthwhile," she added.
Here’s hoping the authorities put a stamp of approval on this proposal and India takes a step forward in providing education and job opportunities to the transgender community.