US Funds Workshops in India to Address Stigma and Prejudice in the Transgender Community

Although India passed a sweeping law years ago granting rights to transgender people and prohibiting discrimination in education, employment and health care, the Biden administration is spending transgender money American taxpayers to fight stigma and prejudice against the transgender community in the South Asian country with the largest in the world. democracy. Uncle Sam will pay for workshops that will help employees and leaders of Indian companies raise awareness about transgender people and their rights. This includes setting up “Pride/Rainbow groups” within companies and inspiring them to cultivate a more inclusive work environment as well as developing active plans to recruit transgender employees.

“These workshops will aim to help companies and businesses better understand the needs of the TG community and encourage them to adopt policies and conduct activities that promote a safe, stimulating, tolerant and inclusive work environment for members of the TG community. according to the US government grant announcement. The document adds that “a longer-term outcome is that these corporations and businesses increase their hiring of members of the TG community and help their employees and the general public to be more tolerant.” The ultimate goal, according to the administration, is to “raise awareness” among Indian companies of the rights of the LGTQI+ community and the transgender community in particular. It will cost US taxpayers $50,000 and the money will flow through the State Department through public diplomacy programs.

The United States estimates that there are more than five million transgender people in India and about 3,000 of them live in Hyderabad, a capital city in the southern region of the country. Businesses there and in Chennai, east of the Bay of Bengal, are the targets of the initiative. “For centuries, TG people have played an important role in Indian society,” according to the grant document. “However, this has not translated into equal treatment as citizens in modern India.” The United States recognizes India’s efforts to improve transgender rights, but says it is not enough. “While recent laws have, to a small extent, granted more rights to the community, they continue to face social exclusion and discrimination because of their gender identity and orientation,” writes the State Department. “Unlike other members of the LGBTQI+ community, TG people can often be identified by their appearance, making them easy targets for social and economic discrimination and exclusion.” The agency cites a 2017 study which shows that 92% of India’s transgender population is unable to participate in formal economic activity, mostly fueled by stigma and social prejudice.

The referenced study was completed two years before India passed the Transgender People (Protection of Rights) Bill. The law prohibits discrimination against transgender people in all areas, including health care, education, employment, housing, and services. It also punishes those who abuse transgender people with prison terms of up to two years. The wording of the measure makes it clear that the legislation specifically prohibits the type of treatment that US-funded workshops plan to target. “No establishment shall discriminate against a transgender person in any matter relating to employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, promotion, and other related matters,” states the law, which was passed on July 11, 2019. The bill includes a “Statement of Objects and Reasons” explaining that the transgender community is one of the most marginalized in the country because they “do not fit into the general categories of male or female. women “. As a result, the transgender rights bill explains, they face issues ranging from social exclusion to discrimination, lack of educational facilities, unemployment and lack of medical facilities. Transgender groups have also reported cases in which they were hired and “had to quit after a few months due to the attitude of their colleagues”, the 2019 law says.

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