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It’s extremely difficult to walk in public when you constantly are being judged and looked down upon your sexuality. An abusive behavior is faced by almost every other transgender person in the society they live in.
Transgender people always have to go through the bushes of thorns to make their lives better and mark their identity. Their lives are as lively as a void; a trangender’s career path is not simple and straight, they always have to make an extra effort to earn that acceptance in the world divided into two halves – men and women. To prove themselves as capable enough, people like Angela Ponce are flying high to make their dreams come true.

JUST FEEL THE JOY
Angela Ponce has become the first-ever transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain, by defeating 22 other participants. Ponce’s crowning comes six years after the Miss Universe organization has put an end to the ban on the transgender contestants in the competition. The fact that she won the competition on June 29, towards the end of the Pride month made Angela’s win in the Miss Spain pageant extra special.

“Society is not educated for diversity, it’s what made me go public, I mean, here I am and I’m not weird, I just have a different story, a woman who came to life differently but I’m a woman.” – Angela Ponce.

Paramount Stories

INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER LAWYER: SATHYASRI SHARMILA

INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER JUDGE: JOYITA MONDAL

INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER POLICE OFFICER: PRITHIKA YASHINI

INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER COLLEGE PRINCIPAL: MANABI BANDOPADHYAY

INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER PERSON TO CONTEST ELECTIONS: MUMTAZ

INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER WHO BECAME AN MLA: SHABNAM MAUSI

INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER SOLDIER: SHABI

Facing the Frostbites

Challenges faced by transgender according to Human Rights Campaign:

Lack of legal protection
Poverty
Harassment and stigma
Barriers to health care
Identity documents

Accepting the ‘THIRD GENDER’

In spite of all these achievements change cannot come too soon for transgender people. Visibility – especially positive images of transgender people in the media and society – continues to make a critical difference. Wiping all the disparities is not an easy task. Acceptance is still demanded by them. Like a common citizen transgender people is also contributing their part in this countries development which can’t be neglected, then why can’t they be treated equally?

In the judgement, also known as the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), the apex court governed that the transgender community have equal privileges over the fundamental rights incorporated in the Constitution. The individuals have the right to self-identification of their sexual orientation, it further mentioned. In 2014, the Supreme Court pronounced a landmark judgement, recognising transgender people as the ‘third gender’.

Another revolution in the move towards the outgrowth of the transgender people was the Supreme Court’s August 2017 verdict, in which it declared Right to Privacy as a fundamental right. The verdict enabled protection of sexual orientation of citizens.

Although the transgender community got a legal recognition, it was not a cheerful ride for them because the social shame linked to the community continues to exist in the society. Nonetheless, as it says ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’, several transgender people crossed the many hurdles to pursue what they aimed to.

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