Transgender and Society’s Reaction

There is a major drawback among the people of this society. They become so comfortable in the regular conventions of their beliefs and their own little world that a slight turmoil in the outside world or introduction of a new concept (even if they pre exists but remains oblivion to them) makes them vulnerable and resistant towards it. They ignore and exclude it from their conventions and that is where discrimination takes birth. In this process of exclusions, individuals or communities are kept away from the common resources opportunities and their rights. This is exactly what is happening with the transgender people. They are seen as a superior, inferior, god like creature or every other thing except being a normal human being and in this process they are being restricted from their fundamental rights and subjected to mockery and social rejections.

The present scenario which raises many questions-are we really open minded?

In this era of 21st century where globalisation is in its peak, people are advancing in science and technologies making impossible things reality and where people are supposed to be “open minded” then why we can’t accept a gender in our society and treat them as a normal human being? Why do we feel disgusted and look at them in a pathetic way? Why there are so less transgender people in universities, offices and companies when a third gender is being clearly mentioned in almost all of the application forms? They are forced to beg as the job sector is not ready to employ them even if they are qualified, because of the stigma attached with them. Why are they deprived from all the rights and facilities even after passing several bills from government regarding the proper identification and approval of the transgender people as the third gender? So, is it really the government or us whom are to be blamed and whose vision should be changed? Just think about it.

Who are transgender people?

According to the new oxford American Dictionary, the definition of transgender is, “identified as a gender other than their biological one”. ‘Transgender’ refers to a person’s identity and not their sexual orientation. It is a genetic deformity and hormonal imbalance that cause a person to be a transgender. According to emedicinehealth.com, “gender identity is your internal sense of whether you are male or female”. They usually feel “trapped” in the wrong body and their bodies do not truly make sense and coordinate with their feeling.

Arundhati Roy in her book The MINISTRY of UTMOST HAPPINESS has given some lines describing transgender as “After examining Aftab he said he was not, medically speaking, a Hijra – female trapped in a male body- although for practical purposes that word could be used.” She further describes the emotional turmoil that one goes through in the lines, “The woman Aftab followed could dress as she was dressed and walk the way she did only because she wasn’t a woman. Whatever she was, Aftab wanted to be her.”

Making a way through the struggle

Transgender people always have to make an extra effort and struggle through the discrimination and breaking the stereotypes to be accepted in the world of “commoners”. To prove themselves efficient enough and more than mere a transgender, people like Sathyasri Sharmila, who became India’s first transgender lawyer; Manabi Bandopadhyay, India’s first transgender college principle; Joyita Mondal, India’s first transgender judge; Prithika Yashini, India’s first transgender police officer, have set a record in their respective fields.

As the people of a responsible and democratic society, our responsibilities towards them should be:

  • Stop discriminating them on the basis of their gender.
  • Accepting and respecting their individuality.
  • Treating them as a normal human being and giving jobs based on their merits.
  • Having them enjoying all the fundamental rights laid in the constitution

If we all can contribute even small portion towards them we can collectively reach out to them making their world a bit easier and better place to live in.

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