The world is now more understanding of the LGBTQ community, casting away stereotypes to embrace the members with truer sense of equality.
There exists social malfunctions. But a progressive society admits mistakes, and makes amends. The judicial interventions and the legislative adjustments have opened up a world of equal opportunities for the LGBTQ community.
Political parties are coming up with initiatives for the community with dedicated cells. Doors shut on them for recruitments in government agencies, including paramilitary forces, have also been thrown open.
It’s indeed true that there is nothing wrong about the people, including the LGBTQ community, as the world they live in is full of deformities.
The idea of human rights lays much stress on equality. All lives are important, and they must get equal opportunities and benefits. Anything that debilitates dignity is a violation, as it violates the basic fundamental right to equality and fosters discrimination.
Human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) have been in focus around the world, with important changes in many countries in recent years.
India is a diverse nation. Difference in language, caste, class and gender add complexities in properly understanding the LGBTQ community. But what we understand is that India’s LGBTQ community is no longer considered a “minuscule minority”. With the judgement by the Supreme Court, they are more empowered, and confident to raise voice against discrimination.
In line with the changing winds, Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has decided to dedicate Noida's Sector-50 metro station for the transgender community.
"This initiative has been taken to uplift and provide employment to the transgender community. Under this initiative, they will be employed for some activities such as ticketing counters and housekeeping," says Ms Ritu Maheshwari, CEO, Noida Metro authority.
According to the data cited by the NMRC MD, there are 4.9 lakh transgenders in India out of which 30,000 to 35,000 are staying in the National Capital Region (NCR). Therefore, the initiative of the NMRC would give them employment opportunities, mainstreaming the community in the process. It will further empower them to exercise their rights with equality and freedom.
"The NMRC received several suggestions from individuals and NGOs regarding a suitable name for the station which will correctly signify and represent the essence of the community. Keeping these suggestions in mind, the NMRC decided to name the station as 'Rainbow' station," said Maheshwari.
The rainbow colours, especially etched on flags, represent diversity and are also a prominent symbol of pride for the wider Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, which has for long struggled for equal rights.
More than one in four transgender persons have lost jobs due to prejudice and more than three-fifth have experienced discrimination. This discrimination has forced some of them into illict activities such as sex and drugs for their survival. Providing them with job opportunities would empower them, eliminating social stigmas and stereotypes about them.
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