The 2011 census gave 4.9 lakhs as the official count of the third gender in India. Transgender activists estimate the numbers to be six to seven times higher. Of the total number of transgenders identified by the census, almost 55,000 are in the 0-6 population – indicating that many parents are identifying their children as belonging to the third gender. This is all the more heartening as the census counting happened well before the Supreme Court order gave legal recognition to the third gender in April 2014.
However, despite the legal status, almost all sexual minorities – LGBTQI continue to face psychological, social as well as medical discrimination and are systematically denied their rights by their family, teachers and society at large.
Enfold believes that all people are equally human, with equal right to safety and dignity. Biological and genetic factors determine one’s gender identity and orientation and that it is NOT a choice. This misconception is at the heart of discrimination and violence against sexual minorities. Enfold includes a discussion on this in all its sessions on sexuality education from std 8 onwards. We strive to avoid the use of sexual binary and gendered language as far as possible.
Activities of Enfold in the area of empowerment of sexual minorities include:
The Value: Enfold’s sessions on sexual diversity offer a scientific, empowering explanation and foster respect and acceptance of our differences. In this way we believe we help foster a healthy society
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