Hijra Transgender activists who had been working for community rights launched Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi to bring 50,000 members under a single platform.
Telangana Hijra Transgender Samiti is an unfunded collective of transgender, hijra, non-hijra intersex, transwomen, transmen & genderqueer people.
Launching the organization’s logo, Laila, president of Telangana Transgender Samithi said the Samithi would work and fight for the rights of transgender people in the State.
In the Indian subcontinent, Hijra is eunuchs, intersex people, and transgender people.[ Also known as Aravani, Aruvani, Jagappa, or Chhakka, the hijra community in India prefer to call themselves Kinnar or Kinner, referring to the mythological beings that excel at song and dance.
Transgendersare officially recognized as the third gender in countries in the Indian subcontinent,[ being considered neither completely male nor female. Hijras have a recorded history in the Indian subcontinent from antiquity onwards as suggested by the Kama Sutra period.
Many hijras live in well-defined and organized all-hijra communities, led by a guru.[ These communities have consisted of generations of those who are in abject poverty, rejected by, or flee, their family of origin. Many works as sex workers for survival.
Hijra Transgender Samithi
The word “hijra” is a Hindustani word. It has traditionally been translated into English as “eunuch” or “hermaphrodite”, were “the irregularity of the male genitalia is central to the definition”. However, in general hijras are born male, only a few having been born with intersex variations.[ Some Hijras undergo an initiation rite into the hijra community called nirwaan, involves the removal of the penis, scrotum, and testicles.
“We have launched this organisation to build a network among our community members. We are co-ordinating with members in all districts to focus on their issues and provide them with necessary guidance,” she said.
General Secretary, Chandramukhi said the Samithi would highlight the need to establish Transgender Welfare Board at State level for protection of rights and welfare of the community members. “We request State government to provide avenues for education, employment and economic development,” she said.
There is a need to establish skill development training programmes for transgenders, said Chandramukhi and sought support from all sections for the welfare of their community.