Transgender, LGBT or the Third gender you may proclaim it your own way but all these 3 terms means the same. We are in the 21st century and faced evolution in technology, fashion, movies, food etc and the society has welcomed all these changes with gratitude but the soul change that they have not accepted from their heart is "Transgender".
Existence of Transgender:
So who are actually transgender? It is a term used for the people whose gender identity, expression and behavior does not abide with the sex stated at birth. Many people state this as a mental disorder but it is not so, they have been existing in our society since olden times in many Western and Eastern societies and their existence can also be traced back in the Holy Scriptures – Bible as Eunuchs.
Their existence in our society has been since olden times, so why is our society still hesitant in welcoming them with gratitude? Whenever they see a third gender they distract themselves from their sight and not even communicate when them come near you. And if anyone person from your family has a connection, or share a common work place then your own family members turn against you and warn you to stay away from them and be from their gender.
In Kerala I am glad that transgender are given status, all the metro drivers in Kerala are transgender. But again society is not happy enough by offering them with this job. They still have a shrewd eyes turned towards them, not even a sympathetic or empathetic one but really a pathetic look.
According to Census 2011, it was found that there are 70,000 transgender and rural societies are at top with Uttar Pradesh ranking at the first place with 12,916 and Bihar ranking at the second with 9,987 and Rural Bengal at the third ranking with 9,868 members of third gender.
Discrimination and Rights:
There are ample amount of discrimination done to them, even the watchdogs or the caretakers of the society pose to be a threat to transgender. They are deprived of education, leisure places, restrooms, social gatherings, employment, health care services and much more. Finally they took a sigh of relief on April, 2014 when Supreme Court gave their due rights by passing the verdict that the laws and fundamental rights laid in the Constitution are also applicable for the third gender that is Transgender.
But the harsh reality is that the Transgender Rights Bill passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2014, was malformed and placed in the Lok Sabha in 2016 by the current ruling party, BJP and this Bill is still not passed.
We can usually listen kids be it school or college going, if they see a girl or boy hugging or simply standing close to each other, the instant remark they make is " Hey are you a homo", they take it to be a negative remark without thinking that they too are human beings and not material stuff. All this is because of the social stigma and the opinions they hear from their own society, so they take them for granted and count them a s materialistic.
There is an advertisement of Vicks, featuring Gauri Sawant (transgender) where her real life story is narrated where she has raised an orphan named Gayatri as her daughter. This ad is all about raising awareness for transgender, but this ad cannot be found in T.V but only on YouTube, why is that so? Think for it and think for them and change into a more mature, flexible and sensible citizen at first and then into a society.
So let's change our vision towards them for they are also humans and stated as Third gender and give them their due respects.