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The Hindu festival of Mayana Kollai presents a rare opportunity for transgender women in India to wear dresses, put on makeup, and dance in worship of the goddesses without fear of backlash. The rest of the year, transgender women have to hide or deny their identities. As teenagers, many experienced “years of taunts, beatings, and forced sex” when they disclosed to their families their identities. When the U.N. Human Rights Council recently adopted resolution 32/2 in June 2016 affirming the right to protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, India abstained from the vote to adopt the resolution. However, as a member of the U.N., India is still bound by the resolution to address the issue of LGBTI rights in India and protect LGBTI people from violence and discrimination. Part of that resolution calls on States to “raise awareness of violence and discrimination against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and to identify and address the root causes of violence and discrimination” against them.

 

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/world/asia/india-transgender.html?ref=world