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Walking the Walk screening
April 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please save the date of Tuesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in the Anatol Center for an event titled #TransRghtsNow. The event is sponsored by the Yadunandan Center and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. We will screen a documentary called Walking the Walk, which explores the intersectional politics of queer and caste rights in Hyderabad, India. After the film, one of its stars, Rachana Mudraboyina, will discuss the movement to stop the Transgender Persons Bill now being considered by Indian Parliament.
This legislation proposes to deny people the legal right to self-identify their gender. Instead, it would legally limit the definition of transgender to “partly female or male; or a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male,” and thereby disallow people assigned one gender at birth to legally transition to a full identity in the opposite gender. Worse again, it requires anyone wishing to claim transgender status to submit to a medical examination by a committee composed of a medical officer, a psychiatrist, a social worker, and a member of the transgender community. It also does away with job reservations proposed in an older bill approved in India’s upper house, while simultaneously criminalizing begging, which has long been a necessary mainstay for many transgender people in India, who face extreme discrimination when it comes to finding work.
The Bill has additional problems that pose a threat to trans communities, and many people in India have been holding protests against it. Rachana Mudraboyina has organized and led many of these protests. She has also been producing a series of YouTube videos under the banner of TransVision to educate people in India about trans lives and rights in local languages. She has also traveled widely in India and abroad speaking about trans rights.