Face of the third gender

Five years ago, transgender rights activist Priya Babu had filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court demanding voting rights for her community. Ahead of the next general elections, a majority of transgender persons in Tamil Nadu possess voter ID cards that designates them a gender of their choice. “That our community persons haveContinue reading “Face of the third gender”

A life of dirt, danger, drudgery

-VIDYA VENKAT Twenty rupees is all he gets for plunging into a manhole from which there is no guarantee of returning alive. Sami* does it nevertheless, oblivious to the neat people walking past him on the road, holding their noses. He does it bare-bodied, save for a loin cloth to cover his manhood and aContinue reading “A life of dirt, danger, drudgery”