Dr Anthony Raju speaks on Transgender Community

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Dr Anthony Raju speaks on Transgender Community

Transgender people come from all walks of life. We are dads and moms, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. We are your coworkers, and your neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds.

 

The word “transgender” – or trans – is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity is different from the sex assigned to us at birth. Although the word “transgender” and our modern definition of it only came into use in the late 20th century, people who would fit under this definition have existed in every culture throughout recorded history.

 

Despite the increased visibility of transgender celebrities like actress Laverne Cox or writer Janet Mock, many Americans still don’t personally know anyone who is transgender – but the number who do is growing rapidly. According to a 2016 survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, 35 percent of likely voters in the United States “personally know or work with someone who is transgender.” That’s more than double the 17 percent who answered yes when asked the same question in 2014.

 

Other research suggests that there are at least 700,000 transgender people in the United States, about 0.3 percent of the total population and about 3.5 percent of the LGBTQ community; but these estimates are likely conservative because of the limited amount of studies that have attempted to measure the transgender population.
What does it mean to be transgender?

The transgender community is incredibly diverse. Some transgender people identify as male or female, and some identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, agender, or somewhere else on or outside of the spectrum of what we understand gender to be. Some of us take hormones and have surgery as part of our transition, and some don’t. Some choose to openly identify as transgender, while others simply identify as men or women. For more information on questions you may have about transgender people

In many ways, transgender people are just like cisgender (non-transgender) people; but because of the social stigma surrounding our transgender identity, our community faces a unique set of challenges.

 

What challenges do transgender people face?

While the visibility of transgender people is increasing in popular culture and daily life, we still face severe discrimination, stigma and systemic inequality. Some of the specific issues facing the transgender community are:

 

  • Lack of legal protection: The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling ,recognizing the country’s large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education in the same way as it does with other minority groups. It also ordered that the government take steps to promote awareness and to ensure that they are provided with proper medical treatment and public facilities. The landmark two-judge ruling acknowledged the history of marginalization that transgender individuals have faced. “Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue,” the opinion stated. India has a long cultural history of recognizing transgender individuals, but their lack of legal recognition has led to discrimination, including prevalent hate crimes.

 

  • Poverty– In too many cases, this lack of legal protection translates into unemployment for transgender people. Transgender are living in severe poverty as Dr. Anthony Raju visited the PUNE and met Punna and Team. As anyone who has experienced poverty or unemployment understands, being unable to afford basic living necessities can result in homelessness or lead people to engage in underground economies like drug sales or survival sex work, which can put people at increased risk for violence and arrest.
  • Harassment and stigma– The LGBTQ community still faces considerable stigma based on over a century of being characterized as mentally ill, socially deviant and sexually predatory. While these flawed views have faded in recent years for lesbians and gay men, transgender people are still often met with ridicule from a society that does not understand us. This stigma plays out in a variety of contexts – leaving us vulnerable to lawmakers who attempt to leverage anti-transgender stigma to score cheap political points; to family, friends or coworkers who reject transgender people upon learning about our transgender identities; and to people who harass, bully and commit serious violence against transgender people.
  • Anti-transgender violence : The Anti Transgender Violence is the very serious issue in India

 

  • Identity Documents – The widespread lack of accurate identity documents among transgender people can have an impact on every area of their lives, including access to emergency housing or other public services. To be clear, without identification, one cannot travel, register for school or access many services that are essential to function in society

 

While advocates continue working to remedy these disparities, change cannot come too soon for transgender people. Visibility – especially positive images of transgender people in the media and society – continues to make a critical difference for us; but visibility is not enough and comes with real risks to our safety, especially for those of us who are part of other marginalized communities.

 

That is why the Our Human Rights Movement (HRM) under  All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice (AICHLS) is committed to continuing to support and advocate for the transgender community, so that the transgender Indian who are and will become your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members have an equal chance to succeed and thrive, said Dr Anthony Raju , Advocate , Global Chairman All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice (AICHLS)

 

Published by ALL INDIA COUNCIL OF HUMAN RIGHTS, LIBERTIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (AICHLS)

ALL INDIA COUNCIL OF HUMAN RIGHTS, LIBERTIES & SOCIAL JUSTICE(AICHLS) is founded by Dr. Anthony Raju - Advocate, Supreme Court of India and a dynamic,dedicated, Internationally known HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE ACTIVIST & SOCIAL WORKER and is one of India's foremost voices of Human Rights. All India council of human rights, liberties & social justice has been added as signatory to UNITED NATION GLOBAL COMPACT . The world's largest corporate responsibility initiative with nearly 12,000 business and non-business participants in 140 countries. That All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties & Social Justice (AICHLS), is a duly registered Society under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, and is functioning with commitment to the Noble Cause of Human Rights Protection and Promotion, Justice for All, Economic Upliftment of the Underprivileged, Education, Love, Peace, Harmony and Friendship, National & International Integration by Exchange of Ideas & Ethos in India and also amongst the neighboring countries and the people of the rest of the World at large. It has several branches in India and abroad, having Thousands of dedicated volunteers. AICHLS is a social organization for the ignored, disregarded, over-looked, victimized, oppressed, depressed, tortured people of the society and it cultivates awareness in them with regard to their rights. AICHLS is a highly informative secured Human Rights Agency in the service of the humanity with full Legal status. ALL INDIA COUNCIL OF HUMAN RIGHTS, LIBERTIES & SOCIAL JUSTICE (AICHLS) volunteers are available at every corner of India through our network at :  National Working Committee  State Working Committee  District Working Committee  Block Working Committee  Ward Working Committee , Taluk , Panchayat etc. The works has been decided and carried forward through Various Committee viz, education, Health, Legal , etc. AICHLS is purely a non political, Secular NGO operating with the support of its dedicated members. AICHLS has the recognition today due to the efforts and association of Intellectuals, Philanthropist, Judges and other luminaries having contributed in a big way in our efforts to bring Awareness of not only Human Values but other social causes too. The Leading Personalities are associated/Well Wishers of AICHLS, for the cause from the very inception from All Over The India & International viz. Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji , Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Saheb Ji , Ms. Jaya Prada - MP & Film Actor , Bishop of Delhi ,Mumbai , Meerut , Dr. Mahesh Joshi - IBS Addll. Director General Doordarshan – Govt of India. , Justice Kamleshwar Nath , Late K R Narayan (Ex- President of India) , K V Krishnamurti ( Ex- Chief Election Commissioner of India) , Shri Bharat Shah, Shri Paresh Modi , Dr. Ramesh Chandra – Former Vice Chancellor - Chaudhry Charan Singh University , Dr. Dr Rakesh Bhan – Chief Secretary – Jharkhand Government , Maj. General Vineet Handa (Rtd) , Imam Umer Illayasi – President – All India Imam organization, Dr Khwaja – Dean – Aligarh University & President – International Inter faith Peace & Hormony Org., Ms Kristina Albert – Dean Utah University – USA , Shri Dinesh Gupta ji – Chairman – Sadhna News Group, Mr Pankaj Verma – President - Shree News National Channel , Dr. N.C. Wadhwa (IAS Retd.) ,Vice Chancellor, Manav Rachna International University , Dr. Rajan Chopra Chancellor Mahatma Gandhi University – Meghalaya , Mr.B.B.L. Madhukar , Former MMTC Chairman , Dr. John Dayal , Hon’ble Member National Intergration Council (Govt. Of India) , MR VIPIN GAUR , General Secretary ,News Paper Association of India ; Mr. Bharat Chawla , Advocate ; Ms. Poonam Chaubey Hon’ble Principal ,Greater Valley School ; Prof.C M K Reddy ; Mr. Suresh Chauhanke , Editor in Chief ,Sudharshan News ; Dr. Jitendra Singh Kalra , S.H.O – Sikandrabad – U.P ; Sister Jainath - Principal – Convent of Jesus & Mary Delhi ; Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Pinto Managing Director Ryan International & St Xavier’s Group Of Schools ; Prof. K.K.Aggarwal Chancellor / Policy Advisor K R MANGALAM UNIVERSITY ; Dr. Mahesh Joshi - IBS Addll. Director General Doordarshan – Govt of India. ; Dr. Uma AIIMS. Begum Yaman Khan ( Sufi Singer) ; Ms Nafisa Ali – Social Activist & Film Actor , Mr. Oscar Fernandez - Hon’ble Minister – Govt. Of India. ; Mr. S. Krishna Kumar – IAS (RTD.) – Former Central Minister ; Mr. Amod K. Kanth , (Prayas Ngo) ; Dr. Prannoy Roy , (Ndtv) ; Mr. Dinesh Gupta – Chairman, Prabhatam Group & Sadhna News Channel ; Mr. Avinash Jain– Chairman , Arise Group Dr. Balvinder Shukla - Vice Chancellor , Amity University ; Dr. Parag Dewan - Vice Chancellor , University Of Petroleum And Energy Studies ; Dr. R. K. Chauhan - Vice Chancellor, Lingaya's University ; Prof.(Dr.) Nomita Aggarwal - Director General , Lloyd Law College ; Dr. Neeta Awasthy -Director, Raj Kumar Goel Institute Of Technology For Women ; Rev. Fr. Dr. Dominic Emmanuel - Spokesperson & Director, Delhi Catholic Archdiocese ; Dr. A. M. Zutshi Gulzar Dehlivi - Freedom Fighter ; Dr. Rama Patnayak - Professor , Amity University ; Advocate Pavit Singh Mattewal - Additional Advocate General - Government Of Punjab ; Dr. Sona Susan Abraham ; Mrs. Bharti Pandey - Principal - Manav Bharti International School ; AICHLS collects problems, complaints and grievances of the sufferers as also anti-social, anti-governmental activities and places them in front of prevailing government administration, police and courts. AICHLS has been commemorating the International Youth Day, World Human Rights Day, World Women’s and Peace Day, World Press Freedom Day and above all, World Human Rights Day, as also organising different meetings, seminars, conventions, assemblies, conferences, cultural programmes, Youth camps, and judiciary camps. AICHLS has number of prestigious projects for future are lined up for execution. AICHLS is handling HUNDREDS of Human Rights Centers all over India and has Lacks of members in the organization who are supporting the cause of Human Rights, Liberties & social Justice. Besides making efforts in educating people of their rights, AICHLS has also been encouraging and felicitating various prominent personalities who have done commendable work in the arena of Human Welfare and protection of Human Rights every year, on the occasion of World Human Rights Day, ALL INDIA COUNCIL OF HUMAN RIGHTS,LIBERTIES & SOCIAL JUSTICE(AICHLS) felicitates a number of Diplomates, Judges, social workers, Leaders and super stars of Indian film industry for their dedicated contribution towards betterment of the societies and others. AICHLS opened a Legal Cell at Delhi and throughout India. Legal Services are, provided with the help of Delhi Legal Services Authority & National Legal Services Authority which are helpful to poor, down-trodden, women, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, Handicapped, Children, Labour, Factory Workers and other weaker sections of the society. AICHLS also dedicately operating a leading news site (www.newsindiatoday.tv), that raises voice against all sorts of evils and injustice boldly, simultaneously creating consciousness, awareness in the minds of the people and educating them to train their minds to be united. Through the medium of its written communication, it alerts the Government, defaces and unveils the criminals and corrupt people. AICHLS in liaison with NGOs & Government Organization seeks mutual help for a better coordination to form a welfare society For any legal advice to any social problems, GRATIS (COST-FREE) advice is rendered by AICHLS to the needy. AICHLS faces and defends of its own the cases in the Courts. AICHLS is endeavoring to open Residential Secular Schools, Colleges, Hospitals and Old-Age-Homes in all parts of the Country to enhance the Government’s initiative in these sectors. We have a lofty vision of networking with the nations in the world who solemnly agree with us to promote human values in the globe. We are contemplating to create an innovative and integrated learning network, campus learning and community management network. Our focus is to empower the campus and help reach out to the world to consolidate and deliver knowledge with respect to human rights issues that haunt the world today and to bring about peace, harmony and amity amongst us. All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties & Social Justice a leading social organization, working for the protection of Human rights, liberties and social justice for all people at National & International Level., is pleased to extend an invitation to Every Individual to become a member of our organization. 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