Mangaluru | A first of its kind website offering round the clock support to transgenders and providing a forum for them to share experiences was launched today.
The website — www.transgenderindia.com — was launched by Neysara Rai, a 33-year-old transgender from the city, who runs a business here. It provides a forum for transgenders all over the country and aims to become an important tool as the first line of action to fight discrimination and increase acceptance within families for the people, Rai said in a statement.
There are about 30 lakh transgenders in India, but as per the Union government’s figures, this population is only five lakh, she claimed. Rai said the transgenders live an obscure life trying to hide the transition they faced. It is important to change the perception about them and bring positive role models of the community to the limelight, she said.
The website would also publish real-life experiences of other such persons and their families who had been through similar experiences. It has a discussion forum, Transgender Talk, which has live discussions and online support.