Being Transgender: Fighting Prejudices and Stereotypes in India

Video By: Basharat Amin | Article By: Nusrat Ali

Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. “Transgender” is an umbrella term that describes people whose gender identity or expression does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a transgender person may identify as a woman despite having been born with male genitalia.

In India, total population of transgender is around 4.88 Lakh as per 2011 census. However, being transgender means different things to different people, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). 

Rehana Yadav, a trans woman has been working towards fighting prejudice and ensuring trans rights for the last few years. She says, “A person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else is their gender identity, no other person has the right to say anything about it”.

In the year 2018 Government of India decriminalized Sec 377. In a landmark judgement for the LGBT community in the country, the Supreme Court lifted a colonial-era ban on gay sex in September.

While visibility of transgender people is increasing in popular culture and daily life but they still face severe discrimination, stigma, and systemic inequality.

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