Bill mandating ‘screening test’ for gender ID killing us, say transgender activists

Bill mandating ‘screening test’ for gender ID killing us, say transgender activists

[Ed. – This blog espouses no love for transgenderism, but how exactly would a ‘screening test for gender identification’ work?]

“Transgender Bill 2018 is a suicide notice for us,” said Grace Banu, a transgender activist from Tamil Nadu [India]. Voicing the transgender community’s anger at the Jantar Mantar protest on Friday, Banu said, “the Bill has left us with no hopes, it is trying to kill our urge to live.”

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill and Trafficking Bill passed recently in the Lok Sabha has sparked outrage among the transgender community. Transgender rights activists, human rights activists and the entire community at large claimed the Bill violates privacy by mandating a “screening test” for gender identification.

The Bill also criminalises begging, which is a primary source of income for the community without assuring an alternative income opportunity. It further deprives the community from living wherever they want. Banu said the government does not want us to be seen publicly, “which is why now the court will decide where we should stay”.

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