L for LGBT Power #AtoZChallenge
You have seen them begging at traffic signals and asking shopkeepers for money. Most of the times, you ignore or shy away from helping them. Why?
Fear of the unknown.
Your world is too perfect to understand the challenges they face and why working in the mainstream is not possible for them. You wonder why they have to knock on the window pane and why can’t they work for a living? Did you also know that when they start filling job applications, they need to pick between an M or an F? The system doesn’t recognize them.
Did you know India is home to 50 to 100 million people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual? How many of the people from LGBT community can get a respectable job? I don’t have a number there to share with you.
However, I have a ray of hope that’s shining brightly in Mumbai since early this year.
A project launched by Wings Travels and community organization Humsafar Trust will train up to 300 members of the LGBT community to drive cabs in the city. The service, to be called Wings Rainbow, may then be expanded nationwide.
Providing employment is a great step in building financial independence and self-respect. This also opens up a career option for the community and encourages many others to join. Acceptance in the society will be another added positive to the initiative.
India is a diverse country and now is the time to show this through our workforce. Now is the time to challenge things, do what’s right and not do what’s always been done.
I am with the LGBT community as they take strides for their betterment and I am sure you are with me. Aren’t you?
I am blogging from A to Z during April and the theme I have chosen is set on women. I am also a minion on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance along with Claire, Shalini and Rajlakshmi. Visit us, show us some love and don’t leave without sharing your thoughts.