Transgender Reality: The Never Ending Fight For Work And Respect
While we celebrate the world changing towards a more progressive, inclusive society, there’s still a section that lives in seclusion from the mainstream. The transgender community in India is fighting an uphill battle to be considered a part of the functioning world.
The Quint spoke to three transwomen on the struggles of coming out, dealing with family, and finding a respectable job.
While they struggle from a young age to come to terms with their identity, a lot of them are threatened and thrown out of their homes.
This in turn leads to them being unable to complete basic education, which becomes a vicious circle leading to joblessness. Many transgender people despite having a formal education still find it difficult to get hired. It is not surprising then that they turn to begging.
While the transgender community is discriminated against on a daily basis, the laws aiming to protect them are not enough. The Transgender Bill which promises the community a discrimination free society has struggled to provide the bare minimum. The question remains - will people that do not fit society’s age-old customs and ideas ever find place to breathe in dignity?
Camera: Sanjoy Deb
Assistant Camera: Gautam Sharma
Editor: Ashish Maccune
Assistant Producer: Hiba Bég
Producer: Vishnu Venugopalan