Kerala organises first-of-its-kind athletic meet for transgender community

first_imgWhile LGBT activists are still battling it out for their rights, Kerala made an effort to bring the transgender community to the mainstream. At least 132 people participated in the first-ever athletics meet for transgender persons organised by the Kerala government in collaboration with Sexual and Gender Minority Federation (SGMF) at Thiruvananthapuram’s Central Stadium. The tournament saw them taking part in popular track and field events such as sprint, relay race, shot put and long jump.Kerala’s move towards ending discrimination against transgendersThe state of Kerala has always been on the fore to end the social stigma faced by the marginalised communities. For instance, in 2015, Kerala took the initiative to form a transgender policy, aimed at ending the discriminatory treatment and bringing transgender people to the mainstream.More on the athletic meet for transgendersAccording to the reports by DNA, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs AC Moideen, and the Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran were part of the organising committeeEach district council in Kerala appointed a coach and allotted a ground for the participants to train for three days before the tournamentThe report further quotes the event co-ordinator, Anil Arjunan sayingthat the State Sports Commission held workshops for coaches and sportsauthorities before the event”Coaches from all the districts wereinvited to Thiruvananthapuram. We told them who is a transgender is, asit is an umbrella term, and discussed the issues that the communityfaces and factors that have stopped them from participating in sports,”he told DNAThe sporting events were followed by a prize distribution ceremony where winners were given trophiesThe winning team of athletes was fromMallapuram, who were jubilant at their victory and cheering for thewhole teamKerala: Country’s first athletic meet for transgenders organised by Kerala Govt in Trivandrum; 132 participants from 12 districts took part pic.twitter.com/Vbuq40tUcvadvertisement- ANI (@ANI_news) 28 April 2017How was the initiative received?The initiative was welcomed by members of the marginalised community. The organisers hoped that this event will reflect the state’s policy to end social stigma and ostracism that transgender people face on a daily basis. “We are excited. The event is expected to reveal fresh talents. Talent is generally suppressed in the community and this is an opportunity to showcase it,” said transgender athlete Sreekutty to Hindustan Times.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more