UPDATE Nov 12, 2015: The final policy document is here.
The Policy, drafted in response to the Supreme Court’s NALSA judgement of April 2014, envisions a helpline, crisis management centre, self-employment grants, monthly pensions for destitute transgender people, formation of a transgender welfare board and district committees. Following NALSA, the policy adopts an inclusive definition that encompasses transgender people who identify as men, women or (non-binary) transgender, and also includes intersex people within its ambit.
The policy was drafted based on a statewide needs assessment of 4000 transgender people (99% transwomen, 63% married to women) that also estimated 25,000 transgender people in the state.
Key findings from the Kerala transgender needs assessment survey
If you have feedback on the draft policy, please post it on online in reply to this message, or send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Kerala draft TG policy”. PS Arun, a student at Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, has volunteered to collate feedback to share with the Department of Social Justice in Kerala.
While the DSJ website does not mention a last date for receiving feedback, we would like to compile responses as soon as possible, ideally before the end of September 2015, to send DSJ by the first week of October.