Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned with at birth.
Perhaps you knew this. What else do you know about the transgender community?
With almost half-a-million Indians identifying themselves as trans genders, isn’t it a pity that we have little or no knowledge about them. This lack of knowledge is what leads to discrimination, contempt, and in some extreme cases – hatred.
To dispel myths and notions surrounding the transgender community, TransVision, a YouTube channel was envisioned.
Rachana Mudraboyina, a transgender activist from Hyderabad, conceived the idea, and she is also the director and writer of this web series.
Speaking of The Better India about her reasons for starting this, she says, “For long now my community has been stereotyped and made fun of. It is time that we come together and show the world what we truly are. There is so much more to us than what meets the eye.”
To learn anything one must begin with the basics. ‘A B C’ when it comes to the English language, and ‘Sa Re Ga’ when it is music.
TransVision is doing just that – educating by starting with the basics and answering questions like – Who are trans genders? Is it a mental disorder? Have you undergone a sex-change operation?
While giving accurate scientific information and guidelines, TransVision’s first series will also highlight the historical, socio-cultural and anthropological background of the transgender community.
“One episode looks into transgender celebrities across the world and the country, while another talks exclusively about the Kuvugam festival. There’s also one that deals with court judgments and government policies in India and around the world,” says Rachana.
“I remember coming across a few videos on YouTube that were not just offensive to the community but propagating rather absurd things. One video was all about how being transgender is a curse because of some ill-fated mating time, while another video claimed it was all a hormone imbalance.”
Watching these were not just painful for Rachana but also pushed her to work towards shattering this misinformation.
“Every day, we see crimes against trans genders. Sex workers are especially vulnerable and are targeted by the police as well,” says Rachana.
Through this channel, Rachana wishes to break the gender hierarchy that is prevalent in society.
Before this, Rachana was working with an NGO and was responsible for communications. Armed with that experience, Rachna believes that the only way to change things is to engage in a healthy dialogue.
Along with Rachana this channel also has Anjali Kalyanapu, Jhanavi Rai, and Soniya Shaik – who will be hosting the web-series.
The channel aims to educate and empower people with the correct information about the community.
If you wish to contribute towards this channel and cause, then you can do so here.
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