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India’s First Residential Transgender School to be inaugurated in Kochi, will initially enrol 10 Transgender

The school will help transgender provide sustainability, security and salvation

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Participants dance under a a rainbow flag as they attend the sixth Delhi Queer Pride parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi. VOA

Kochi, Dec 17, 2016: India will have its first residential transgender school, Sahaj International School, in Kerala’s commercial capital, Kochi. The Christian organization in Kochi leased the land for the school. Activists Faisal CK, Maya Menon, and Vijayaraja Mallika made the announcement on 10th December.

The school will initially enroll 10 transgender who will follow the National Open School curriculum.

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According to Indian Express, Kalki Subramaniam, transgender rights activist and artist, will inaugurate the school on December 30. The school will be led by 6 transgender associated with TransIndia Foundation.

“In the beginning, we have a few sponsors supporting us. We are planning to seek financial help from the government after proving its worthiness,” said Vijayaraja Mallika, who mooted this idea.

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The students have been chosen from different Transgender communities, including a migrant and a disabled student. The school will provide the education equivalent to Class X and XII.

“The aim of Transgender School is to provide transgenders security, salvation and sustainability,” Mallika added.

The transgenders had great difficulty in finding a place to start a school. “We must have been turned down by at least 50 building owners,” Mallika regretted.

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National Open School and Christian organization pro-life sector have offered their support for the initiative. Many teachers and social workers have offered assistance by taking classes for the students. The curriculum will also include some skill development programs. The idea behind opening the school is to inspire the belief that education is the basic human right and the initiative will ensure that school drop-outs can resume their studies.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Patients Going Through Gender-Transition Treatment At A Grater Risk Of Cardiac Diseases

Researchers determined and compared the incidence of CVD cases in the transgender population with that reported in the general population. 

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On the other hand, transmen -- those assigned female sex at birth but had male gender identity and received hormones -- had a more than three-fold rise in heart-attack risk compared with women, said the study, published in the journal, Circulation. Pixabay

Patients receiving hormone therapy as part of their gender-transition treatment have an elevated risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including heart attacks, strokes and blood clotting, researchers say.

Researchers determined and compared the incidence of CVD cases in the transgender population with that reported in the general population.

The study showed that transwomen — individuals, assigned male sex at birth but with female gender identity, receiving hormones as part of their transition — had more than twice as many strokes as women and nearly twice as many strokes as men.

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Heart attacks occurred at more than twice the rate among transwomen than women. Pixabay

In addition, there were five times as many blood clotting among transwomen than women and 4.5 times more than men.

Heart attacks occurred at more than twice the rate among transwomen than women.

On the other hand, transmen — those assigned female sex at birth but had male gender identity and received hormones — had a more than three-fold rise in heart-attack risk compared with women, said the study, published in the journal, Circulation.

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In addition, there were five times as many blood clotting among transwomen than women and 4.5 times more than men. 
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“In the light of our results, we urge both physicians and transgender individuals to be aware of this increased cardiovascular risk,” said Nienke Nota, researcher at the Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands.

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“It may be helpful to reduce the risk factors by stopping smoking, exercising, eating a healthy diet and losing weight, if needed before starting therapy, and clinicians should continue to evaluate patients on an ongoing basis thereafter,” suggested Nota.

For the study, the researchers included 3,875 individuals who had received hormone treatment — 2,517 transgender women received estrogen, with or without androgen-suppressors, and 1,358 transgender men received testosterone — as part of their transition. (IANS)