Tagged Under: Trans Feminism

  • This photograph shows the author Amrita Sarkar conducting a sensitization session on transgender health with the staff of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi earlier this year. In a conference hall lit brightly with ceiling lights, around 30 AIIMS staff members of different genders are seated in two columns. The author is standing in the aisle between the two columns, and appears to be answering the question of one of the staff members. In the background, the main entrance to the conference room, two curtained windows, and a side door are visible. A camera fixed on a tripod stand is also visible, close to the main entrance. Photo courtesy AIIMS
    My Story Oct '23

    How my tomorrow should look like

    By Amrita Sarkar

    A decade into the future, Amrita Sarkar wants the trans and queer movements to focus their energies on mental health and geriatric concerns

  • This illustration is a combination of a photograph and text extracted from the accompanying article. The photograph shows the author Rituparna Borah participating in the ‘Delhi Queer Pride’ in 2009. She is walking under a mammoth six-coloured rainbow pride flag, holding up the flag with her hands, smiling and looking sideways towards the camera, though not at the camera. The sunlight filtering through the flag is lighting up all the colours. In the background, towards the bottom left edge of the photograph, several other pride walkers can be seen. The accompanying text says: “I am not claiming here that there will be no fights or power dynamics, yet I hope that we can solve our issues not by calling out but with chai, samosas, tears, hugs and then some drinks! I still believe that we can create a reality where intersecting marginalized identities are part and parcel of queer-trans feminism(s), and no one has to prove how marginalized they are to get the rights they deserve.” Photo courtesy Voices Against 377
    Commentary Aug '23

    In loving memory of discourse

    By Rituparna Borah

    Rituparna Borah wishes for yesterday once more in debates and dialogues around gender and sexuality – her thoughts for the future on ‘Varta’ webzine completing 10 years

  • This graphic shows a banner prepared by the national campaign against the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016. The title says “Stop Passage of the Transgender ‘Rights’ Bill, 2016” and “Uphold NALSA Judgment and Standing Committee Recommendations”. Below the title, the text says: “This Bill criminalizes traditional Hijra livelihoods and families; encodes discrimination with lower penalties for violence against transgender people; upholds a government screening committee for transgender people; has an unscientific definition of ‘transgender’, and rejects our main need for reservation, non-discrimination and prevention of atrocities.” The banner is signed off as: “All India Transgender Community – Trans Resistance, Parliament Street, New Delhi, December 17, 2017”. To the left of the banner, next to the text, and extreme right corner are drawings of a pair of hands clapping in the style often used by Hijras and other transgender women (such clapping is termed as ‘thikri’ in Bengali and often signifies assertion and protest). The entire banner has a lavender and purple coloured background with text in black and white; the pairs of hands are flesh coloured with the nails painted red. Graphic credit: All India Transgender Community – Trans Resistance Campaign
    Insight Dec '17

    Pushback against wrongs in Bill on transgender rights

    By Sayantan Datta

    The campaign against the regressive Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 is not just an unprecedented mobilization of trans communities to resist the exclusionary nature of our legal system,...

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