11 Of The Most Gender-Progressive Things That Have Already Happened In India In 2015
- JWB Post
- October 15, 2015
Remembering these 11 incidents make us realize how our country is taking small but steady steps towards Gender Equality.
1. When India got its first transgender mayor.
On Jan. 4, Madhu Kinnar made history by becoming India’s first transgender mayor in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh Municipal Corporation.
2. And when it received its first transgender college principal.
In May, Manabi Bandopadhyay was appointed the principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in West Bengal, making her the first transgender principal in India.
The #SorryForWhat campaign had billboards all around Mumbai, during December and January, promoting that everyone had the right, no matter what gender, to live their lives the way they want to.
More than 1,000 people from India’s LGBT community came out to support the transgender community, and also to thank the government for progress that’s already been made when it comes to transgender rights.
Harish Iyer, a Mumbai-based gay rights activist, tried to get a gay matrimonial ad placed in various English publications in Mumbai, until finally getting it published inMid-Day.
6. When Patna hired its first transgender bank professional.
7. When the Delhi High Court ordered that a transgender man who was trapped here by his parents be allowed to return home to the U.S.
8. When the West Bengal government requested the Kolkata police to recruit transgender individuals in their Civic Police Volunteer Force.
The request was made in order to end the “stigma” and “discrimination” against the transgender community.
10. When India’s first lesbian ad in which two partners are shown getting ready to meet each other’s parents garnered overwhelming support online.