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Transgender

Picture of two trains, one already present on the platform, and another approaching the platform. They are both green in colour with off-white stripes on them

In Transit

I could have called it transformation instead of transitioning. But it became clear to me that transitioning does not necessarily imply a caterpillar-butterfly story but that it means a gradual acceptance of the self (and the self is ever-transitioning); of being comfortable in your own skin (even if it means shedding skin); of perfecting your act (even if it means learning a few new things).

Mid-Air Between Heaven and Earth

The concluding chapter reiterates the aims of the book, i.e., “to start critical conversations within the disciplines of psychology, social work, childhood studies, and family studies in India and to think about exclusions inherent in these disciplines.
A placard against a black background, on which is written 'Idea Junction, Colombo Pride 2018.'

The Ocean in My Veins

The circulation of our bodily energies potentially ushers queer futurities. A future that is yet to come, a future in which our bodies will not be imprinted with fear. A future in which newer creative economies of desire, love, and pleasure surround us like the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. I write this brief reflection in hopes of such futures.
Still from a video. A transgender person in a blue Indian suit and wearing a red bindi, speaking. The subtitle in the video reads, "In the life of many transgenders, there is the desire to study but they lack opportunities and resources."

The Transgender Community Speaks on Post 2015

Members of the transgender community in Chennai, India speak about their access to education, employment, housing, transport and healthcare in this video made by Praxis India. Often, the word gender is equated to ‘women,’ marginalising anyone who identifies outside the gender binary. In countries like India, where traditional spaces have recognised transpersons, their everyday lives…
A photo of Renee Richards, the first transsexual woman to play in competitive sport after transitioning. She is wearing a white uniform and cap and is holding up a tennis racket.
'The first transsexual person to play in competitive sport after transitioning was Renée Richards.' Photograph: Dave Pickoff/AP

Sport is slowly catching up with transgender realities

"The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione," stated the mixed martial arts governing body, which recently suspended Mitrione after he called male-to-female transsexual fighter Fallon Fox "a lying, sick, sociopathic disgusting freak" in an online broadcast. Fox had sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in 2006, before beginning her professional MMA career in 2012. She won her second…
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