Shane Anthony Mills, an IT professional and transgender activist based in Hyderabad missed her chance to visit Malaysia and be the part of an International Summit due to the lack of trans option in the e-visa application form.
Shane has been invited to represent India at the Employee Resource Group (ERG) summit of Dell to be held in Penang, Malaysia on January 28. According to her tweets, she has booked tickets for January 25 but has not been able to complete her visa formalities yet. Bengaluru-based NGO Jhatkaa.org has now petitioned Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, asking her to intervene.
IN the petition,Shane stated that her Indian passport shows that she is a trans woman,while the Malaysian consulate at Chennai asked her to fill the male gender column to solve the problem.
The senior system analyst on her tweet made a plea to Sushma Swaraj as“I am transgender [woman] from Hyderabad. I work as senior analyst for Dell. I have been nominated for Global Erg summit at Penang Malaysia to be held on January 28th 2019. However I am unable to get Evisa it has no option for my gender. Please help (sic).”
5th Day no reply. Urgent invention is required. My tickets are booked for 25th Jan 2019. Please reply to my tweet. https://t.co/211xtCeoGW
— Shane Mills (@Shanemils18) 22 January 2019
“I am really disappointed that there is no ‘other’ option in the gender column. A few authorities have asked me to use my primary gender but on my passport, my gender is ‘trans woman’. If I travel using my primary gender and if the authorities question it or deport me for providing false information, it would be a huge embarrassment. I don’t want to face such humiliation,” she said.
According to the petition, “The Indian government has made huge strides by including ‘third gender’ on our passports. Now, we must go all the way and ensure Indian citizens who identify as the third gender are not humiliated when they apply for visas abroad. Shane deserves to represent our country in Malaysia -let’s make sure we do our bit in making sure she gets there, on her own terms as a transgender person.”