Kerala, the land of God, is an epitome of beauty and paradise on Earth. But what sets it apart from other states are its continuous efforts in recognising the third gender and working towards their better visibility and increased inclusion in the society.
There is a stigma attached, and people believe that the sexual orientation of this community is like a bizarre. Why are they not treated like normal humans and observed as someone who lacks intelligence? Amidst all these shitty talks, Kerala over the years has always been a step ahead of other states. It was the first state to frame a transgender policy and also the first one to open a school for them. And that's not it. It has had many firsts for the transgender community, and this is just the beginning.
What this southern state has done for transgenders is truly commendable. Read below to know Kerala's path-breaking policies and how it has given transgenders their identity.
Kerala government engraved its name in the history books for becoming the first state to frame the transgender policy. The policy covers all the categories of the community like trans men, trans women, and intersex individuals as well. It ensures them equal access to social and economic opportunities, resources and services.
Transgenders face a lot of discrimination, struggle to hold regular jobs and do not receive benefits such as medical insurance and pension. Government's announcement of pension scheme had come as a huge relief for the community in the state.
To integrate trans people into Indian society, Kochi's Metro has hired 23 members of the minority community. Depending on their qualifications, they will be employed in different departments. And we couldn't be happier than seeing them getting individual job opportunities.
Sex reassignment surgery on 41-year-old woman was done free of cost in Kerala as per reports.
The Kerala government will launch a registry of sex offenders, the first of its kind in the country as per the reports.
Transgender models have been the faces of fashion campaigns in the state.
As per Hindustan Times, at least 130 transgenders from 14 different districts came to the state capital and took part in the sports event that was one of a kind. In the history of our country, no state has ever organised a state-level event for transgenders.
The first transgender athletics meet was also held here.
Owned and operated by transgenders, the state has taxis operated and owned by women called "She Taxis." After the success of the initiative, the government also announced "G-Taxis" for transgender persons.
Breaking conventional norms, Kerala opened its first residential school for transgenders.
One of its biggest magazines, Vanitha, became one of the first magazines in India to have a transgender person on its cover. Not just that, they also did a full-fledged story on the model, Deepthi, and her transformation from a man to a woman.
Not just the above list is sufficient, but the state has also made a separate justice board for the welfare of transgenders. Isn't the equality justified for this stratum of the society?
Kochi-based designer, Sharmila Nair, launched a saree collection called Mazhavil and dedicated it to the transgender community. For this, she ramp walked two of the trans women Maya Menon and Gowri Savithri as models to display her collection.
While we've always seen people from the transgender community inside roles, this was the first time a trans woman has been chosen in a lead role. That too opposite to none other than the great cinema actor Mammootty.
The bilingual movie's Malayalam version is yet to be named, but the Tamil version has been titled Peranbu. Anjali Ameer did not just make a movie; she created history.
I hope you like this story as much as I do. I'm in absolute favour of transgenders being marked as an equal part of a society in not just Kerala but in all the other states of the nation. Let me know your views on this in the comment section below.
That's all folks!