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A Transgender Day 2015 Message

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I convey my best wishes to everyone on the occasion of the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s judgement on gender minorities (Thirunangais, Thirunambis, Kothis, Hijras, Jogammas, Shivasaktis, Transsexuals, Kinnars and others) as well as for the Transgender Day.

On 15th April 2014, the Supreme Court had delivered an important verdict that firmly foregrounded the reality of gender politics that had remained hidden so far. The court had ruled that the Thirunangais (or Hijras) and Thirunambis (or FtoMs) in India will be recognised as a third gender*, as distinct from female/male. It had also ordered that they be included in the list of backward communities and that the central and state governments should immediately ensure that they can access all the basic rights that are guaranteed under the constitution. We are now planning to celebrate the first anniversary of this judgement on 15 April 2015, and to convey our thanks for this positive judgement. This celebration, which is a festival for Thirunangais and Thirunambis, is a recognition and validation of all Gender Minorities.

On this day, I request all our activists to join in analysing the steps taken so far, and the steps that need to be taken in the future, in accordance with the Supreme Court judgement. I also request them to help in formulating our demands and carrying forward the struggle to access our rights. We need to carefully go through the 130-page judgement and identify which parts are acceptable and which parts are not. In this context, we also need to make ourselves aware of the steps taken by the Tamilnadu government so far.

In the coming years, having obtained our basic rights, we should succeed in all spheres of life, including education and employment, and show the world that we are no less than anyone else.

However, the Supreme Court’s judgement on IPC 377 is against the Thirunangai community and we need to struggle to change this.

I would like to convey my best wishes to everyone on this Transgender Day and the anniversary of the verdict on Gender Minorities that our future will be bright and full of cheer.

With love,
Revathi


* Editor’s note: NALSA recognises the right of transgender people to identify as the third gender as well as within the binary (man/woman) framework.

** Translated by Niruj.

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  1. I have read your book “The Truth about Me”. It is very impressive. I want to create an awareness in the Kannada speaking people about transgenders, for which I would like to translate your book to Kannada. Is it already translated? If not can you give me your permission and also the permission of the original English publisher?
    Also kindly give me your contact number.
    Thanks.
    M.S.S.Murthy.

  2. Hi,

    This is Chengalvarayan from chennai, working in Life Insurance Corporation of India, as a Development Officer, I seen your details in social network

    My nature of work in L.I.C is Recruitment of agents, training and motivate them into a professional business person. the reason for this mail. i had a dream when i joined in L.I.C wants to do something different from others. so for none of the transgender associated with L.I.C and even marketing side.

    Now i need your hand to make my dreams comes true.

    If you suggested anyone of the qualified minimum 10th pass person from Trans gender who is willing to achieve and who wants improvise their standard of living, we will make the person no 1 in our country.

    NOBODY IN THE WORLD BORN WITH PERFECT… DEPENDING UPON THEIR BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDE THEY ARE INTO PERFECT.

    Waiting with favorable reply from you to generate the employment opportunity in Transgender group.

    Thanks & Regards,

    G.Chengalvarayan,
    Development Officer,
    LIC of India,
    Chennai.
    98420 90901.
    g.chengalvarayan@licindia.com

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