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‘Transgender Pride March’ held
The Sakha in collaboration with the All Odisha Third Gender Welfare Trust, the Voice of Transgender, the Santi Surakhya Kinner Sangha, the Saathi and the CSFR organised a ‘Transgender Pride March’ here on Saturday.
The transgenders wanted to show that they are also part of the society and have the same dignity and self-esteem to live in the community as the ‘other gender’.
Sakha president Meera Parida said that the way the male and female genders have come to this world, the same way the transgenders have come. He urged the society to give them the same respect as to the other genders.
Parida also thanked the Government for giving them a status of third gender. “By this, we will be able to say that we are part of the society. How we can enjoy every part of our life as the other genders are enjoying is our efforts,” Parida said.
“Through this march, we want to show the society the existence, status, rights, dignity and importance of the third gender and how beautiful we are and how we can lead a normal life,” added Parida.
A poster titled “We Can What You Can” was unveiled on the occasion.
The organisations’ core committee also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India to pronounce the National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) judgment and to rehear Section 377 of India Penal Code (IPC) LGBT.
Among others, Social Welfare Officer Sadhna Mishra, Sakha secretary Santosh Champati, Santi Surakhya Kinner Sangha president Namita Parida, Madhuri, Meghna, Rani, Babli, Chinu, Debki, Dr Madhumita Debi, Rekha, Tina, Joya Khan, Juli, Priya and Sonali were present.
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