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Kerala to host its first transgender beauty contest in June 2017. Dhwayah Queen 2017

When it comes to gender equality, Kerala has been taking extra measures towards greater inclusively for the transgender community. After government jobs and hosting an athletic meet, the state is now gearing up to host the first ever beauty contest for transgenders. The one-of-its-kind beauty pageant will be held in Kochi on June 15.
An initiative by an association of transgenders in Kerala called the Dhwayah Arts and Cultural society, the event is not just about looks and beauty but also about focusing on the empowerment and inclusion of the third gender in the society.
“Our attempt is to bring more transgenders to the mainstream of society and help them find jobs and means of livelihood,” Sheethal Shyam, a transgender activist told The Hindu.
So far, auditions for two regions — Kochi and Malabar have been conducted, and 15 and 11 contestants have been chosen from the two zones respectively.

After preliminary rounds, 27 contestants will participate in the two-day final grooming session in Kochi from May 23. Fifteen among them will be selected for the final beauty competition and the winner will be awarded the ‘Queen of Dhwayah 2017’ title.
The participants went through a grooming session conducted by the renowned make-up artist, Renju Renjimar, and choreographer, Vishwalatha Sudarshan. Talking to Times of India Renjimar said,”The idea is to give trans people more confidence, to be active in the mainstream. Though Kerala has become more trans-friendly on paper, we are still discriminated against. We hope this pageant will help trans people come out of their shells. I’m happy to say that more than 40 transgender people turned up just for the first audition.”
The auditions were judged by Femina Miss India Bangalore 2016, 1st runner-up, Elizabeth Thadikaran, and Fashion choreographer Sunil Menon, the TOI report added. Miss World 2008 1st runner-up, and fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 South Zone mentor, Parvathy Omanakuttan and Ranjini Haridas will be the judges for the final round while Shweta Menon will crown the winner.
Though it is the first time that Kerala will be hosting a beauty contest for transgender, it is not the first one in India. Earlier, in 2010, Indian Super Queen pageant was organised in Mumbai to celebrate the beauty and talent of transgender people by activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi.

Article & Pic Courtesy: Indian Express

CAMPUS Report: Is drop out is a force able act for Transgender students..??

NEW DELHI: The law empowered them and the court opened doors but it will take a lot more to fight well-entrenched prejudice and bias. Getting a university education remains a traumatic experience for transgenders, forcing some of them to drop out and explore options. They move away from the mainstream, rather than integrate with it.
Delhi University introduced the third gender category in the postgraduate application form in 2014 and in the undergraduate application next year, following a landmark judgement by Supreme Court, but society lags behind. The community has, however, kept its hopes alive. The university received four applications in this category in 2015 and 15 in 2016.
This year, 70 applications have been received so far! Colleges need to sensitise other students and counsel the transgenders who are coming in now if they are to stay the course.
Aarav Singh, 19, has been emotionally bruised by his first year in college. A transgender, he identifies himself as a male, but since his biological identity was female, all his records proclaim him to be Kaur. So, after school, he had to join an all-girls college. The year that followed has left him scarred.
Other students poked fun at him for his masculine behavior and dress preferences. Teachers too would ask him questions about his identity.
Such was his sense of isolation that Aarav opted out of college after first year and chose to work towards gender transition in the hope of embracing a male identity that was closer to his real self. The process is on and Aarav is now more than confident of where he stands in this gender tussle between male, female and other. Aarav says he is keen to return to his studies but a regular college is out of question as he fears the stares and questioning and lack of empathy.
He is now part of a group of young members of the transgender community who wish to get an education and a career. They have come together this admission season with the support of voluntary organisations Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (TWEET Foundation) and Humsafar Trust to chart a course. Their first stop will be IGNOU.
Rehana Yadav, 24, who is in her final year of graduation, is struggling to rid herself of her biological tag of male as reflected in her school documents. Her transition into the woman that she aspires to be is on but her past haunts her. When TOI met her, she had just returned from her examination centre. "Since I have been registered as a male in the records, based on my school documents - though I have documents like Voter's ID and Aadhar that show me to be a transgender and my college form puts me in the "others" category - I was asked to provide a medical certificate to prove my transgender identity. Why should I need a certificate to establish myself as a transgender? When I am saying so and my basic documents mention it, why can't colleges and universities accept this fact," asks Rehana.

She is also facing the same predicament that Aarav encountered. "Though I am Rehana and identify myself as a female, I have to appear for my exams at centres reserved for male candidates. Earlier, I used to get affected by the reaction of other students but not any longer," she told TOI. She pointed that in three years of graduation, there have been days when she has waited for her teachers to escort her past a groups of students, on her way to the classroom, to avoid being bullied.
Simmy Arora, 33, has discontinued her studies after graduation. Coping with the process of making a transition from male to female, she said she was in a dilemma. "I did my schooling and graduation as a male though I felt like a female. I also did jobs as a male. People would stare and pass remarks but I kept to myself. It was after graduation that I started gender transition and, hence, decided not to study further in order to avoid uncomfortable questions," says Simmy. Her family is supportive, but she is apprehensive about the reaction of all those around her who consider her to be a female when they discover that she is a transgender. "I am confused about whether to change my documents to female or others," says Simmy.
Make-up artist Panya Panwar, in her twenties, says getting a job brings a fresh set of challenges. "The choice should be ours to be male, female or other. I am freelancing as an artist, but when it comes to finding a job, it is really hard if you disclose that you are a transgender," she says. Though she can pass off as a woman quite easily, she was forced to give up on graduation because of remarks and bullying by boys. She could rarely complete a paper because of the harassment. I would reach the exam centre late and leave early to avoid bullying," she recalls.
"We need to work on the mindset on gender in school, so that students can become sensitive towards the third gender and the gender spectrum," says Yashwinder Singh of Humsafar Trust . "Right now, there is no such education at any level in schools and colleges."
Credits: Ambika Pandit, TOI, Published in Times of India Delhi Edition on 08th June 2017; Photo Credits: Abheena Aher (TWEET Foundation)

#IDAHOT -SWEEKAR - TOWARDS LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE For the first time in Delhi. The Humsafar Trust, Project DIVA

SWEEKAR - TOWARDS LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE For the first time in Delhi,
The Humsafar Trust - Project DIVA with support from ‘Save the Children’ is organizing an event on occasion of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (#IDAHOT). Sweekar is a one-day event that looks at creating an open platform for LGBTQ and allies to exchange viewpoints and intermingle. We will begin by discussing the Mental Health Care Bill – 2017. We will then have interactions with LGBTQ and allies and finally, a panel discussion with supporting allies on the topic “Acceptance & Mental Health of LGBTQ” and discussion on LGBT issues. 

Date: 20th May 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue: The American Centre, Delhi.

SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS: Please carry a valid photo identification in original with you for entry Media planning to cover events at the American Center are requested to notify the Embassy’s Press Office in advance (Tel: 24198814) Laptops are not allowed within the American Centre Mobile phones will be allowed in American Center, for security reasons, photography through mobile phones or any other devices is prohibited American Center does not provide parking on its premises The American Center is a four minute walk from the Barakhamba Road Metro Station All visitors may be featured in photos or video to be used for promotional purposes or on social media by the American Center or the U.S. Embassy

Prithika Yashini from Tamil Nadu becomes first TransGender To Join The Police In India

Tamil Nadu: Breaking new grounds, 25-year-old K Prithika Yashini has become the first transgender person to make her way to the police force. She joined on duty as sub-inspector in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri police station on Sunday.

Ms Yashini who comes from Salem in Tamil Nadu, was born and brought up as a boy named Pradeep Kumar. The young Computer Applications graduate turned into Prithika after a sex change surgery.

To realise her dream, she had to put up a brave face and also take up the legal battle.

Since the state police recruitment board did not have a third gender category, her application got rejected at first. She also learnt that there was no quota or concessional cut off in written exam, physical examination or interview for transgenders.

She began her career as a warden in a ladies hostel. But passionate about pursuing her dream to become an IPS officer, Ms Yashini did not give up.

She filed a series of writ petitions which resulted in examination cut off marks being lowered from 28.5 to 25 in her case. She also qualified in all the physical tests. Only in the 100 metres dash, she was late by one second, but that was accepted.

Ms Yashini feels that it is a new beginning in the transgender community.The Madras High Court then declared her a fit candidate, paving the way for her appointment as sub-inspector by the Tamil Nadu government.

The Court had also directed the recruitment board to make changes to draw transgenders to the state police force.

Ms Yashini had earlier told NDTV that she feels that it’s a new beginning for the entire transgender community.

At a young age, she has become an inspiration for the entire community. With her achievement, a new chapter has begun in the police force to recognise the third gender and give them their rightful due.

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