Kerala Pradesh Congressional Committee transgender cell begins functioning – The New Indian Express


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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When KR Binoy, a 28-year-old trans man, wearing a black shirt and dhoti, asked opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala to pose for a selfie with him, the latter readily agreed.

The congressional leader stepped forward and held the cell phone in his hand and clicked another snap, giving Binoy the reason to be in seventh heaven.

This happened at Indira Bhavan’s Rajiv Gandhi auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram after Chennithala released the logo of the newly formed Kerala Pradesh Transgender Congress (KPTC) on Wednesday.

The function saw nearly 20 transgender people officially join the party. KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran, Chennithala and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy distributed
identity cards for new members.

Binoy, originally from Alathur, prefers to be known as a man. It was a dream come true for Binoy when he obtained the ID card as the KPTC representative from former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Choreographer, Binoy takes dance lessons for students from his hometown in the district of Palakkad. Binoy is preparing to undergo gender reassignment surgery (GRS) in Ernakulam in a few months.
Life hasn’t been easy for Binoy since he realized he wanted to evolve as a
a man.

“I had done small female roles in a few films earlier, but the production controller asked me to sleep with him if I wanted to get better roles.

Suddenly, I left the field. I hope to get a job in the government so that my life as a man is secure. With the

Joining the Congress party, I am confident that our grievances will be addressed, ”Binoy told TNIE.

Arunima Zulfikar, who was appointed the first KPTC chairperson, came for the function with her husband Zulfikar. Arunima is a member of the Kudumbashree Regional Development Corporation in Alappuzha.

She told TNIE about her bitter experiences as a CPM employee. She had served in the SFI, DYFI and later with the All India Democratic Women’s Association.

“I never received any support or respect from the CPM when they looked down on me. In fact, I had been holding the party flag since I was three years old. It’s not my fault I’m transgender. They even threatened to kill me. I then felt that was enough, ”Arunima said.

As of Wednesday, only two transgender people from each district had joined the Congress party under the Covid-19 protocol. The KPCC has decided to hold a transgender mega convention in the state once the Covid pandemic situation improves.

Parties court transgender people

As local elections in the state approach, political parties aim to gain maximum support from various sections of society, including the transgender community.

In February last year, then Congress President Rahul Gandhi appointed a transgender woman, Apsara Reddy, to the post of general secretary of Congress All India Mahila.

Three years ago, IP Binu, municipal councilor of the CPM in Kunnukuzhy, formed a transgender cell in the capital. Unfortunately, an internal rupture weakened the work of the organization in the parish. Surya, a popular television actor and member of the State Council for Transgender Justice, told TNIE that the state’s LDF government has rendered invaluable service to the community.

“The LDF government funded the GRS. So far 10 transgender people have taken advantage of Rs 2 lakh
each to surgery and hormone injections. During the Covid-19 pandemic, all transgender people received ration kits. They will also soon be receiving Rs 1,000 from the welfare scheme, ”Surya said.

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