Launched in June this year in Mumbai, Identify, The World For Transgender, will work with trans people across India.
Much of the trans community that’s solely dependent on the alms they make in the ladies’ compartments of Mumbai locals, at the signals, or through sex work are being significantly impacted due to the lockdown as their means of earning has come to a standstill. The ongoing calamities and its effect on the community has led the team behind Identify to provide a helping hand to the community.
The team has successfully reached out to 130 transgenders across Mumbai, Ulhasnagar and Panvel, providing basic essentials like rice, dal, aata, oil, salt, dry snacks, sanitisers and masks, to name a few. These supplies should last at least a month. The objective is to reach the maximum number of trans people across the country and look at employment opportunities for the community.
In an email response to queries from CauseBecause, Ankita Wagle, founder, Identify, The World for Transgender, says that the organisation hasn’t yet decided on any specific target in terms of outreach numbers but aims at reaching as many trans people as possible.
In a press release issued earlier, she said, ‘This is one community that has been ignored largely by our society. Through Identify, The World for Transgender, we want to spread the message of respecting and helping the communities as we truly believe in equality. I was fortunate enough to have the support of my family, friends and relatives who helped me raise funds to arrange for the essentials for the trans community. Through the initiative’s social media platforms, I am trying to reach maximum audience by sharing our transgender’s stories to help them live a dignified life. The aim is to not only help them during the lockdown phase but also to hunt employment for the community in the near future.’
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