Thanks, I am disseminating.
My concern is specifically with discrimination against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity who are poor and from marginalised communities (dalits, adivasis, poor Muslims, labourers etc). They are denied basic services, housing, education, employment (even under MNREGS), forced into prostitution, forced into marriage etc.
Sex realignment surgery is available only for male to female transgender in TN public health facilities, why not for female to male? There is a special board for Aravanis in TN, but not for all people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. In situations of disasters they are hugely neglected
There is too much of focus on "MSM" (I disagree with this term) and "transgender (male to female)" and HIV/AIDS and this leaves out a whole load of other discrimination faced. In particular the discrimination faced by dalit, adivasi and people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities. There is free mastercheck up for "MSM", transgender (male to female) and women compelled into prostitution in TN, this lumping is not viewed positively by poor people from above groups I met, and they feel discriminated. Why not free master check up for all? They want mental health services which are not part of this package- lot of focus is on STIs. Are they just tools for HIV/AIDS prevention.
I think it would be useful for all <$2 per day to form and alliance together, and include people of diverse sexual and gender identities who are poor within that and democratise that from all aspects of diversity. The HIV/AIDS lobby is pushing for legalisation of prostitution, but I think unless alliance is formed by people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities with those under $<2 per day, what is just for India is not going to emerge.
with warm regards
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