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Bryn Mawr College

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Fall 2019

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India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action


In 2014, India passed the NALSA judgment, acclaimed for recognizing transgender people’s right to self-identify. In the years since, India has presented multiple renditions of a Transgender Persons (Protections of Rights) Bill, each receiving pushback from the trans community due to its disregard of their voices in its creation. The bill leaves out, and therefore upholds, many of the most pertinent issues the community is facing. In addition, it retracts the right to self-identify, instead empowering a district magistrate to act as a gatekeeper, checking if people have medically transitioned. This paper shares some of the voices the bill leaves out. With detailed focus on each aspect of the medical transition process, it highlights the way gaps in care act as covert discrimination. Following stories of medical and legal transition from a diverse group of interview participants, this paper shares visions of what true protection would look like.


Asian Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Health Policy | History of Gender | Law and Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Other Medical Specialties | Social and Cultural Anthropology | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies


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