Transgender Persons Act comes into effect

  • The Social Justice Ministry issued a notification, notifying the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, which was passed by Parliament on November 26 and given Presidential assent on December 5, 2019.
  • The Act aims to end discrimination against transgender persons in accessing education, employment and healthcare.
  • It also recognises the right to self-perceived gender identity and provides for certification from a District Magistrate; in case a transgender person has had a gender-change surgery, the law says they can obtain a certificate from the medical facility where they had the operation, and apply for a change in their certificate.

Dr. Manabi Bandopadhaya, who became India’s first transgender college principal in 2015.

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