Kerala was the first state to unveil a ‘Transgender Policy’ and transgender cell to end social stigma towards them. Now, there is one more good news for the marginalized group as the state government is gearing up to provide ‘shelter homes’ for them.
In a first in the country, the Kerala state government led by the social justice department is planning to set up stay homes for the transgender community in four districts of the state. The short stay homes will be set up at Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, and Palakkad.
The third genders, who are part of ‘Samanwaya’, an exclusive continuing education programme for them designed by the State Literacy Mission, can avail safe stay at shelter homes till the completion of the course.
These programmes of the government are a part of Mazhavillu project, which is for the upliftment of the transgender community. Besides free accommodation, transgender learners who pursue the course would also get free food and scholarship.
According to reports, the land has been identified and facilities for 20 persons will be set up at each center for the establishment of stay homes.