ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Morality and Mortality

The COVID-19 pandemic and its concomitant socio-economic shocks have severely affected the lives of sex workers and members of the transgender community. This article examines how the visibility of such sexual minorities in public spaces has been perceived as a threat to public decency and morality. It highlights the exclusionary pressures they face from the state and community, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Overcrowded housing, financial precarity, and a reduction in demand for their services place them at higher risk of infection and starvation, while political and social exclusion restricts their access to government services.

Limiting Gender Variance

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 which was introduced in the Lok Sabha seems to be a watered-down version of the previous private member bill by Tiruchi Siva. It has seen much opposition from the trans community as major provisions pertaining to a rights framework have been diluted. An analysis of the weaknesses of the new bill highlights the need for further discussion.
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