Transgender community remains a highly targeted and economically backward community. Many senior transgenders suffer illness, abuse and solitude. To help them earn an income and also look at other avenues as a career Apsara Reddy has launched the Dignity Project that aims to help transgender women set up food carts, tailoring units and small businesses.
Launching the first pilot idli cart, Apsara Reddy, said, “As a transgender woman I’ve seen so much of prejudice and lack of opportunities. We need to fight doubly harder and often hunger forces my sisters into other professions. As they age and suffer medical bills or expenses and during emergency situations like Coronavirus they suffer in silence and suffer starvation. I feel the need to empower them with a small business that they can run and manage.”
She adds, “There have been so many great supporters who’ve come forward to help and contribute with provisions and utensils. It’s a way to show the transgender community a way to integrate and also work within their local community.”
Shreya Chauhan of Causewear, a fashion initiative to raise awareness who was there to inaugurate the first cart, says, “As a fashion brand we believe in the messages that various mediums can convey. But this is a non-conventional way for us to engage with a community that is for far too long been misunderstood and side lined. It was a pleasure to learn first-hand about the needs and how we as a society can aid this community feel included.”
Apsara says this initiative will be taken across TN with the help of government authorities, TN Police and corporation officials.