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Delhi govt organises queer art fest to empower gender minorities

Delhi govt organises queer art fest to empower gender minorities

NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind, the Delhi government has approached the transgender community and arranged a queer art festival for them. The step came after the Delhi government's social welfare department already formed a committee to look after the problems of the transgender community in the city.

According to the sources, various experts are working on the report as directed by the Delhi government.

"Society must accept such citizens and recognised their talents. Transgender community needs to be given equal opportunities like other underprivileged categories. Their achievements and goals need to be appreciated," said Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam.

He also said that it is unfortunate on society's part that this community did not get their proper representation. And for the survival, they have to be dependent on undignified jobs. They should also get due respect and live the dignified life, but society needs to change the perspective for their outlook. "We need to give them their desired space as an equal citizen of this nation which is guaranteed to them by the constitution. This one of its kind platforms would give a chance to the citizens of Delhi to interact with LGBTQIA+ community and watch live performances by the Trans for the first time ever. Drag and Transgender performers too will have an open platform for the first time creating history," said Gautam.

Meanwhile, the primary findings of the report prepared by the expert committee for the transgenders found that healthcare issues, health insurance covering gender confirmation surgery, mental health services at Primary healthcare centres and training of counsellors are the most important issues which the government should look into.

Sayantan Ghosh

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