CHENNAI: Ten years ago, Rajini, who now lives with another transgender in Mogappair, felt alone. Only 18 then, she was turned out of her home by
On budget day this year, when the Tamil Nadu government announced the allocation of Rs 1 crore to construct group houses for the transgender community, Rajini rejoiced.
"Life was tough. I was forced to make a lot of wrong choices. It took me some time to find my feet. Now I do DTP work, but the announcement in the budget to build houses for us will benefit many and help bring down the number of those who beg or engage in commercial sex for a living," she says. Rani, a transgender who lives in Tiruvottriyur, says, "When we approach landlords for houses on rent, most of them refuse outright. Those who agree charge exorbitant rates." . . .Read More