Varta Trust organizational logo: The word ‘Varta’ written out in black colour in a bold stylized typeface in all capitals on a white background. The text is inside a rectangle finely outlined in black. The first ‘A’ in ‘Varta’ is affixed with the graphic of a bugle on top. The bugle faces to the right, and breaks the rectangular outline where it sticks out above the logo lettering. Tagline below the logo says "Gender, Sexuality, Intimacy, Publishing". Logo artwork credit: Rudra Kishore Mandal

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For those in lockdown – with or without coronavirus

By Santa Khurai

Santa Khurai proposes continued online education for trans students who may be unable to attend school or college even when the lockdown is lifted
This illustration is a combination of a photograph of Atey, the trans boy who is the main focus of the article, and an extract from the article. The photograph shows Atey standing on a balcony or a terrace of a building not too high, with his back leaning on to a concrete railing and both arms spread out on the railing. He is dressed in a teenager’s smart casual clothes and dark glasses. He has a slight smile as he looks at the camera. The background, in some distance, shows tall trees and the hustle and bustle of pavement shops, people and traffic. The accompanying text says: “This is not the first time that Atey has stopped going to school. The same problem occurred when he was in primary school. But when some of us who are engaged in trans activism sensitized the school authorities to the realities of trans persons, they made amends and allowed Atey to wear the boys’ uniform. Unfortunately, for his higher classes, Atey had to change schools and the new school has not been willing to revisit its rules. My film highlights the contradiction between our rigidly gendered educational institutions and the space for gender plurality in Meitei traditions.” Photo credit: Borish Yumnam
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