Hundreds of transgender Indians and their allies protested this week outside the Ministry of Social Justice against Parliament's reintroduction of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016. Transgender activists say the bill criminalizes them rather than protects them. The current bill inaccurately defines "transgender" and lacks many protections and provisions granted by India's Supreme Court and a House panel report, according to experts. Advocates for transgender rights are upset that the Union government decided not to adopt recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee Report in November.
December 21 / Bay Area Reporter