Transgender issues to be discussed on Tamil TV
For the first time in India a transgender person will host a TV show and the show will discuss sensitive and socially relevant topics such as homosexuality, transsexuality, gender disparity and alternate sexuality.
It’s a talk show on a Tamil languagechannel (Vijay TV) and will be called ‘Ippadikku Rose’ (Yours Rose) and will go on air in December. Rose herself is a beautiful, chic and articulate woman (saw her interviewed on TV) and is also a postgraduate in bio medical sciences. Two of her post-grad degrees are engineering degrees from the US. At first it seems as if this is a trick to gather TRP’s but Pradeep, the head of Vijay TV, has vehemently denied it. He insists that the idea is to educate society about such issues and he found that Rose was best for the job as she was bold enough to talk openly about them. In India there is a bias against transsexuals and a fair amount of ignorance as well, so the show is bound to bust some stereotypes.
In fact this is a grey area for most people – transsexuality, transgenders. On the Wiki for example there are two separate pages on these two terms and the explanations are a bit different. Clearly there are various complex reasons why and how a transsexual becomes that way and not all of them are within her/his control – due to biological causes. The common man in India is exposed only to eunuchs and they can be different from transsexuals. There is a lot of prejudice against eunuchs in our society and they face a huge amount of job discrimination and are often forced to beg.
The fact that the show will discuss issues not just of transgender people but also of homosexuality and alternative sexuality is intriguing…because homosexuality is illegal in India I just hope we don’t get the moral police descending on this even before the venture starts.
(The photo of Rose has been linked to the original and the second one has been taken by me on the streets of Mumbai and is that of an eunuch)
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