In this episode of Yarivaru Season 3, RJ Priyanka interviews the members of Payana, a Bengaluru-based NGO working towards the welfare of sexual minorities like transgender persons. Their mission is to ensure equality for all people irrespective of their gender.
Chandini opines that the transgender community in Bengaluru is growing and development of the community is significant in terms of job opportunities, education levels, and lifestyle. They are being provided access to government schemes. They are becoming more and more aware of their rights and gaining greater confidence about facing up to even the worst conditions.
Savitha identifies herself as a transgender person. She wishes that the government would provide more opportunities for jobs and education, widen reservation schemes, and provide for basic needs like housing, medical care, and pension. They have appealed to the government for the setting up of a Karnataka Transgender Welfare Board and are awaiting their response. They aim to make the community AIDS-free with the help of government schemes.
Banu’s view is that people used to fear them earlier, but now, they are openly accepted. “Sometimes, the entire community gets blamed for one person’s mistake, which is unfortunate. Some men disguise themselves as transgender persons and try fooling people. This is detrimental to the community’s progress.”
Written by Deepika Pishey