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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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YouTube CEO Addresses LGBTQ Creators’ Monetisation Concerns

In March, Google dropped in terms of rank from the LGBT equality index

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

Addressing the concerns of YouTube’s LGBTQ community members, CEO Susan Wojcicki has denied claims that the video-sharing platform demonetises content from the community members because they fall under queer categories.

Demonetisation and poor recommendation of LGBTQ content are two areas that Wojcicki spoke about in an interview with vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Verge reported on Monday.

Questions about the treatment of LGBTQ creators’ videos on the platform have been around for years.

However, Wojcicki mentioned that YouTube does not “automatically demonetise LGBTQ content”.

“We work incredibly hard to make sure that our machines are fair when they learn something – because a lot of our decisions are made algorithmically. There shouldn’t be (any automatic demonetisation),” the report quoted the YouTube CEO as saying.

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FILE – Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

Both YouTube and its parent company Google have lately been facing flak for not being “supportive” enough towards the LGBTQ community members.

In June 2018, trans creator Chase Ross accused YouTube of age-gating and demonetising his videos because he used the term “transgender” in his titles.

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Earlier this year, Vox host Carlos Maza called out YouTube for allowing conservative pundit Steven Crowder to remain on YouTube after Crowder made repeated homophobic remarks.

In March, Google dropped in terms of rank from the LGBT equality index. (IANS)