Rotaract Club For Transgender Persons Launched In Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore

Rotaract Club For Transpersons
The Rotary Club of Coimbatore Downtown has joined hands with members of the transgender community to form the ‘Rotaract Club of TransMom’ in Coimbatore on June 30. The club for trans persons have 16 members including a president and the club will focus on identifying the needs of the trans community, especially in pursuing higher education and jobs.
Reportedly, the club was formed with a non-governmental organisation called TransMom which works for the welfare of the transgender community. Godwin Maria Visuvasam, district chair, Youth Service of the Rotary Club told the media that the Rotaract Club with the foundation had already worked towards supporting several members of the trans community in and around Coimbatore and that they had generated employment opportunities etc.
Functionaries of the Coimbatore Downtown Rotary club were quoted saying to the media that this was the first such club in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and second in the country after Bhubaneswar in Odisha

Rotaract Club For Transpersons

The District Governor of Tamil Nadu Rotary Club of Coimbatore Downtown, Rajasekhar Srinivasan, while speaking at the launch event said, “Though a club for transpersons was started in Bhubaneswar, we heard that it was not active. We started the club to serve transpersons for a long time.”

A Dhanshika, a post-graduation student and employee at a government hospital, was nominated as the president and another member Anushya as secretary of the club. Anushya, reportedly, was a cab driver and is now an entrepreneur and has trained many members of the community to drive and become cab drivers to earn income with dignity.

Speaking to the media Dhanshika said, “Many of them had to discontinue their studies after they came out of their houses. Parents push them away due to societal pressure. Parents should realise that they should live for themselves and for their children, and not for society. Transgender people need parental support.”

Dhanishka added that they had identified six transpersons who wish to pursue higher education. “We have contacted higher education institutions in Coimbatore seeking support for our cause. A few colleges have come forward to give admission. Soon, the six would continue higher studies. We would also support non-members of the club,” the president of the newly formed club was quoted as saying.

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