My interview with Pixable
In April, India’s Supreme Court officially recognized transgender people or “hijra” (the South Asian term for transsexuals, cross-dressers, eunuchs and transvestites) as a third gender. Then last week on India’s Independence Day, Padmini Prakash became the first transgender woman to read the news live on television. This surely is a big step just five months after “hijras” were legally accepted in India, however, many transgender women still face discrimination as it has been traditionally rejected in India’s typically conservative culture — more than 90 percent leave their biological families and most move to big cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune.While living in Bangalore, documentary photographer Sahar Fadaian felt drawn to their community. Transgender women are trapped in a life of begging and prostitution. Most remain in trans
families while some marry and escape their poor, cramped and dangerous living conditions.”In the Indian culture, there is so much focus and emphasis on a woman’s ability to have children; therefore, Hijras who are unable to reproduce are considered a separate identity that can not fit into any category of male or female,” Fadaian told us.
Fadaian extensively reveals the dangerous yet brave lives of these transgender women through her photos. Working with different NGOs, she brings us into the homes of women and children to tell their stories.
You can find my interview here