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Stop the Trans Bill 2018! Trans Community Dilli Chalo!

On Dec 17, 2018 the Lower House of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018. This Bill contradicts, rather than protects, many of the rights and protections laid out in the country's Supreme Court's NALSA verdict of 2014, and is an overall dangerous piece of legislation that ignores the critiques and suggestions made by the Trans, Intersex, and Gender Nonconforming (T, IS and GNC) communities in India. The passing of this legislation will subject these communities to increased discrimination, harassment, and institutional violence.

Here are some of the most harmful aspects of the current version of the Bill:

1. This Bill upholds the establishment of screening committees, comprised of District Magistrate, Psychiatrists, Medical Officers, and one Trans person, which will have the power to determine whether or not an applicant qualifies as transgender. The process of "proving" one's gender in front of a committee violates multiple fundamental rights, and is utterly humiliating. The Bill also mandates "surgery" as the basis for applicants to qualify as Transgender and avail of protections. This requirement violates the principle of self-determination of identity for Trans, Intersex, and GNC people, and disenfranchises many who can not afford surgeries as well as those who do not desire any surgeries.

2. The Bill criminalizes begging, sex work, and other forms of livelihood that many in the Trans communities depend on to survive. Contrary to the stated purpose of the Bill - Protection of Trans persons' Rights - it criminalizes and discriminates against us, specifically targeting entire communities of Transwomen, Hijras, and Transfeminine people who have historically practiced begging and sex work as the primary source of income. The Trans, Intersex and GNC communities thus firmly oppose this Bill along with similarly criminalizing and discriminatory provisions of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection, and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018. Both Bills are currently pending before the Rajya Sabha and must be withdrawn in their current form.

3. The Trans Bill 2018 also denies reservations and affirmative action for Trans, Intersex and Gender Nonconforming people in employment, education, and healthcare. Thus between criminalizing begging and sex work, and denying reservations, it puts our very lives at stake.

4. The Bill requires Transgender people, to reside with their birth family - even though birth families are often the first site of violence against these individuals. If Trans people are aided by other Trans community members in escaping such conditions at home, the community members can be imprisoned for up to 4 years!

5. The Bill postulates that sexual violence against Trans people will face punishment up to 2 years, in comparison with the 7yrs of imprisonment for sexual violence against non-trans women. In this way, the Bill directly discriminates against the Trans, Intersex and GNC communities and strips us of dignity and equality.

6. The Bill has labeled all Intersex people as Transgender. This is a gross violation of the right of self-determination of Intersex people, many of whom do not identify as Transgender.

Trans, Intersex and Gender Nonconforming people and their allies across the country are raising funds to support the travel of those community members who do not have the resources to fund their own travel to the national capital, Delhi, and protest this Bill on 28th December, 2018. Please donate any amount you can in order to enable maximum number of our community members to mark their presence outside Parliament. Please spread the word to support the Trans, Intersex and Gender Nonconforming communities in their struggle. Any money raised after that date will go towards reimbursements for the same costs. Thank you!
Stand with Trans, Intersex, and Gender Nonconforming People! 
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25th January 2019
Dear friends, and participants in our fundraiser,

It is with utmost gratitude that we write this update in closing our fundraiser. Thank you so very much for your contributions. As much as the funds donated by you have made our resistance possible, your encouragement and support has been equally invaluable in finding the strength and internal resources to continue our journey.

With your support trans activists across the country were able to gather in the national capital to protest the passage of the Bill by the Lok Sabha, as well as garner support from over 100 Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of Parliament)! In the coming weeks we will endeavor to gain majority support in the Rajya Sabha in stopping the Bill, and we are excited to share that we are well on our way.

While today we are closing this fundraiser, we hope you will continue your support for the trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming communities in India by amplifying our voices, communicating with your MPs and MLAs about our struggle, and raising awareness among your friends, families and colleagues about the dangers of this version of the Bill.

Thank you again. In solidarity! 
Dear friends, and participants in our fundraiser,

It is with utmost gratitude that we write this update in closing our fundraiser. Thank you so very much for your contributions. As much as the funds donated by you have made our resistance possible, your encouragement and support has been equally invaluable in finding the strength and internal resources to continue our journey.

With your support trans activists across the country were able to gather in the national capital to protest the passage of the Bill by the Lok Sabha, as well as garner support from over 100 Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of Parliament)! In the coming weeks we will endeavor to gain majority support in the Rajya Sabha in stopping the Bill, and we are excited to share that we are well on our way.

While today we are closing this fundraiser, we hope you will continue your support for the trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming communities in India by amplifying our voices, communicating with your MPs and MLAs about our struggle, and raising awareness among your friends, families and colleagues about the dangers of this version of the Bill.

Thank you again. In solidarity! 
3rd January 2019
Dear donors,

Thank you for your generous and timely donations. You contributed to bringing a sizable number of transgender leaders, activists and community members from Telangana, Kerala, Bombay, and other parts of the country, to the Stop Trans Bill 2018 protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on December 28th, 2018. The funds raised were used to purchase tickets, book travel accommodation for attendees, and make other arrangements for an accessible and successful protest.

For updates on the Bill, please see: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/delhi/transgenders-bill-kejriwal-assures-to-oppose-in-rajya-sabha/707990.html

For coverage of the protest itself, see: http://twocircles.net/2018dec30/428070.html

Thank you all, again!
Dear donors,

Thank you for your generous and timely donations. You contributed to bringing a sizable number of transgender leaders, activists and community members from Telangana, Kerala, Bombay, and other parts of the country, to the Stop Trans Bill 2018 protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on December 28th, 2018. The funds raised were used to purchase tickets, book travel accommodation for attendees, and make other arrangements for an accessible and successful protest.

For updates on the Bill, please see: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/delhi/transgenders-bill-kejriwal-assures-to-oppose-in-rajya-sabha/707990.html

For coverage of the protest itself, see: http://twocircles.net/2018dec30/428070.html

Thank you all, again!
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Rs.214,196 raised

Goal: Rs.500,000

Beneficiary: Rushaan Kumar info_outline
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Nagoya donated Rs.23,596

We, the Nagoya Action Heroes, are a student group from Nagoya International School in Japan. We organised a fundraiser on campus in raise awareness about the discrimination faced by the transgender community in India & were able to organise a small fundraiser to show our solidarity with the trans community. We really hope this protest is successful & this bill is immediately struck down.

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Shawn donated Rs.1,700

sorry 4 late!

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