India has hosted a transgender beauty pageant to protest against the supreme court criminalising homosexuality.
Apparently, India is opening its door to transgender people in big style! First, there was a transgender beauty pageant, and it definitely sparked a desire to make it even bigger.
A LGBTQI charity from Delhi, Mitr Trust, is set out to launch India’s first transgender modeling agency. The charity’s founder and head, Rudrani Chettri, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the project. According to her, her dream is to run a transgender agency run by transgender people.
Her campaign page says, "This is an effort by the transgender community to improve our social and personal image, and to raise awareness about the serious issues of discrimination and marginalization that we face."
The community, mainly associated with transgender people, the hijra, has faced awful discrimination and segregation in the latest times. It is also subject to severe restrictions. Often, they are forced to work as sex workers or even beggars.
Transgender people are officially recognized as a third gender by India’s Supreme Court in 2014. However, they remain invisible in the fashion and beauty industries still.