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Transgender Persons Bill Faces Objection by LGBTQ Community

More than schemes and policies, general awareness and tolerance is needed for the community. People need to be sensitive

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LGBTQ COMMUNITY ON TRANSGENDER BILL

Urging for equality and freedom of expression, members of the LGBTQ community raised their objections against the recently passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.

“The problem is that it talks about a screening body for us. It makes begging an offence for us,” Mumbai-based transgender activist, Gauri Sawant, who was a petitioner in the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) judgement passed in 2014, said at an event here on Saturday.

People of this community are mostly shunned by their families and someone else deciding their identity is “unacceptable”.

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LGBTQ COMMUNITY ON TRANSGENDER BILL

“Also, begging is not something that only the transgender people indulge in,” Sawant said.

Social activists, intellectuals and eminent personalities walked the ramp and held an auction as part of the fundraiser programme for the marginalised during an event ‘Third Eye’ held here.

According to Ranjita Sinha, a member of West Bengal Transgender Welfare Board, “No man or woman would like to identify as a transgender, hence there is no need of a screening committee.”

Sharing her story, Sawant said: “After knocking at the door of the Supreme Court, I got the right to adopt a child as I wanted to be a mother. But why can’t the society accept us as citizens of the nation that the Constitution talks about.”

Bengal-based transgender educationist Atri Kar talked about being bullied “not by students but fellow teachers”.

West Bengal Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya supported the cause by participating in the power walk where the likes of transgender educationist Atri Kar, and Rudrani Chettri who runs a modelling agency for the community, participated.

“More than schemes and policies, general awareness and tolerance is needed for the community. People need to be sensitive,” Bhattacharya said.

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A painting by Kalki Subramaniam, a Tamil Nadu-based transgender writer, actor and painter, was auctioned at the event. The proceeds will go for education of members of the transgender community.

“I was born as a boy and wanted to be a girl, and I express that through my paintings. I have trained more than hundred transgender artists across India,” Subramaniam said. (IANS)

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Online Dating Apps Beneficial for LGBTQ Community in India: Tinder

Tinder enjoys a global user base of 3.8 million people and the dating app receives over 7.5 million swipes everyday in India

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Lin Chinxuan, right, holds a reflector as Austin Haung, 32, photographs Kao Shaochun, left, and John Sugden during their pre-wedding photoshoot in Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 11, 2018. Chinxuan and Haung are a couple and together they run Hiwow studio photographing LGBTQ couples. VOA

Accepting that the stigma around their community has drastically lessened in the last five years, 73 percent of the LGBTQ adults believe that online dating apps have benefited their community in a positive way in India, data from dating app Tinder showed on Tuesday.

As part of an internal survey, Tinder found out that while 44 percent LGBTQ adults said online dating apps help them to express themselves more freely, 61 percent people choose to come out about their sexuality on online platforms rather than coming out to friends and family and 39 percent say it has made it easier for them to explore their own identities.

About 44 per cent LGBTQ adults use dating apps that are inclusive of all sexual orientations.

The survey suggests that dating apps have helped the LGBTQ community discover diversity in terms of dating in India and 35 per cent people from the LGBTQ community who use the services say they have more diverse people to date when compared to their heterosexual counterparts.

“Of the 73 per cent people who say online dating apps have had a positive impact, 33 per cent say it has provided more diversity of people to date in terms of sexual orientation, 33 per cent say it has provided more diversity of people to date in terms of race and culture,” the company said.

Tinder Dating App. Source: Digital Trends

The survey highlighted that out of the 61 per cent adults who came out about their sexuality on online apps, 51 per cent were part of the Gen Z group (born between 1995 and 2015) whereas 67 per cent were millennials (born between 1981 and 1996).

“Gen Z were less likely to formally come out than millennials. For those who formally came out, the most common age to do so was 21-25 (33 per cent) while 30 per cent came out between ages 16-20,” the company added.

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Tinder also noted that 30 per cent of the LGBTQ community say the pressure to be in a relationship has lessened in the last five years and today one in five people say they are less ashamed of their single status.

Tinder enjoys a global user base of 3.8 million people and the dating app receives over 7.5 million swipes everyday in India. (IANS)