In April 2014, Supreme Court recognised transgender people as the “third gender”, those falling neither in women’s nor men’s category. This was a huge step for the community as their status was unobtrusive before this. The ‘legalisation’ of the community made them eligible to make use of their Rights and laws separately. The effect of this initiation was seen in Tamil Nadu when it got India’s first transgender police officer and Kolkata, where a transgender principal was appointed, to name a few.
Now following the same footsteps, Mitr Trust in Delhi is taking a leap to launch India’s first modelling agency for transgenders. Mitr Trust is a Delhi based LGBTQI( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) Charity. According to Rudrani Chettri, transgenders have ethereal beauty and they can manifest their talent in the field. The charity doesn’t want them to feel inferior in any area as they believe that the modelling agency will be “run by transgender people, for transgender people”.
The trust is launching a fundraiser called GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the launch of the agency. They have a target of £5,000 (Rs 4,89,485). As said by Chettri “this is an effort by the transgender community to improve our social and personal image to raise awareness about the serious issues of discrimination and marginalisation that we face”, the fundraiser is a hope for “ the third gender” community. The event will be guided by well-known fashion stylist and LGBT personality Rishi Raj, who is an expert in the field and has been working for almost a decade in the fashion industry.The event will be focusing on five aspiring models through a portfolio shoot. The money is also being raised to protect young people of the community from emotional and physical abuse.
There are almost 5 lakh members of the transgender community. They volunteered for modelling and the selecting committee have seen some breathtaking faces. There is no shortage of talent, but a subordinate status and financial problems are stopping them to emprise.
The transgender community got the Right to Vote in 1994, but their dignity in the society has never been up. They are very low on morale and most of them don’t get jobs; some don’t even go to school. All of this is because of the mentality that has been marginalising them in the society. The dream of a “World of Equality” needs everyone to have the same place. The said community, however, is still labelled as “hijra” and things won’t be doing any good until they are treated as equals.
The Mitr Trust has already shown a way to enhance proficiency skills of the community. It will build up their confidence but they need our support. They need to trust the world around them and it can only be done by not discriminating against them for who they are.
Mitr Trust needs our help in their efforts for betterment and we can do it by helping them raise money for the campaign. You can also donate by going to the official website of GoFundMe.