It’s Hard to get Jobs for Transgenders

TransgendersThe victim of transphobic violence which led to r death of Pravalika, she was an unemployed MBA. Though she is highly educated, she didn’t get a job in Nizamabad then she shifted to Hyderabad as her background was very poor. Pravalika identified herself as a transgender, with her bad luck she started begging and became a sex-worker.

Majority of transgenders and hijras have no source of employment and livelihood. Vyjayanati, a member of Telangana Hijra Transgender Samiti said “Not all from the transgender and hijra community are beggars and sex-workers, but a good majority end up as one. However, no one grows up aiming to be a beggar and it’s just the lack of jobs, which pushes the members from the community towards sex-work and begging.”

It is estimated that there are more than 9,000 transgenders and hijras in the city. In that around 1,000 people are educated, but a job is a dream yet to come true. Vyjayanti said “A lot more might be there, but the stigma keeps them away from approaching us.”

A member of THTS Rachana has a M. Com and an MA to her credit but a job evades her because she is transphobia. Rachana said “Though the corporates claim to have a lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender friendly policy, it’s not always so. The way we dress gives away our identity and most of the time I was shooed off at the gate by the security personnel.”

Lots of transgender and hijras are facing problems as they are thrown out from families and an uneducated transgender tries to eke out a living through jobs like waiters or sanitary workers, he or she too faces the same problem.

Another member of the community said “Even the most educated ones from the community take up jobs like waiters if they get one. But we are hired on a temporary basis. When the employer finds a ‘normal’ person, we get sacked.” She added “Hardly anyone has managed to keep a job and we go back to begging.”

Medaram Jathara

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