Sexual Minority and Gender Rights

In 1997, HRLN co-organised a “National conference on rights of sexuality minorities” in Mumbai. Soon afterwards, the India Centre for Human Rights and Law, Mumbai, established the Humjinsi project. In April 2003, it set up an advisory board consisting of lesbian and bisexual women and national women’s movement activists to ensure accountability and community participation in the planning of our programmes. The initiative works with these groups to support women who are attracted to women in their efforts to be themselves, to build a community which celebrates their identity, to secure their rights in society, and most importantly, to help people across the spectrum of sexuality and gender overcome obstacles to establish a society which celebrates and protects the rights of sexual minorities.

A large chunk of its work was campaigning against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalised homosexuality, what it also included was campaigning for rights of transgender persons, rights of queer persons to live together freely, right to access to food, right to access to housing, reservation in public employment and education among a range of other rights for transgender persons. Since the NALSA Judgement in 2014 HRLN has been working tirelessly to implement the directives given in the judgement.
Since the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 HRLN has been aiding the larger movement for rights of Transgender Persons which has been strongly opposing the Bill since 2016.

HRLN organised a number of consultations and trainings for transgender persons on the law, provided legal aid and counselling to transgender persons who faced violence and various kinds and nature of rights violations. As soon as the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on the 26th of November 2019, HRLN organised a national conference on the implication of the Act on transgender persons and went on to file a constitutional challenge against the act.

During the COVID 19 pandemic HRLN was in touch with a number of transgender communities and collectives across the country.  IN Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, New Delhi and Bihar HRLN actively provided relief to transgender persons by giving dry ration and food to transgender persons in these states. In a number of other states HRLN actively filed cases so that the state would provide relief to transgender persons in their respective states. HRLN filed cases in Maharashtra, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand among a range of other legal recourses that persons had taken for various reasons. Thus providing relief to a number of transgender persons through both direct relief and legal processes.

What HRLN Does?

HRLN works with several LGBTQ organizations and activists across the country and provides legal assistance to needy individuals. Organizations working on LGBTQ rights may contact the HRLN units in their state for legal aid. There are a number of activities that HRLN does along with various organisations that are led by transgender persons, informal collectives and CBOs such as:

1. Providing Legal Aid and Legal Counselling to LGBTQIA+ Persons
2. Organising Meetings and Consultations on laws governing Queer Persons
3. Aiding members of Queer Community on organising public events, approaching legal systems and conducting advocacy programmes
4. Working with schools, colleges and law colleges to conduct trainings on rights of Queer Persons under law and conduct sensitisation programmes for teachers, students and senior management.
5. Aiding members of the LGBTQIA+ community to conduct sensitization trainings for public officials, lawyers, academicians, judges, students, journalists among others

Webinar on State Level Training on Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020- Gujarat

Webinar on State Level Training on Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020- Gujarat. The Government had ...read more

Webinar on effect of COVID 19 on transgender persons and using the law

Webinar on effect of COVID 19 on transgender persons and using the law. Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic there are a number ...read more

Patna High Court Order to ensure social and financial security to Transgender Persons

Veera Yadav vs Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar & Ors
Pending

Webinar on Discussion on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, West Bengal

With the onset of demanding and claiming of basic human rights one of the major taboos that India faces is the discrimin ...read more

Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020

As soon as the pandemic hit all the sources of income for transgender persons dried up, as all high contact jobs such as ...read more

Fact Finding Report on Right to Food with the Transgender Community in the District of Warangal, Telangana

In the mid 1870, the eunuchs of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh complained that they were starving due to ban on r ...read more

Fact Finding Report on Right to Food with the Transgender Community in the District of Karimnagar, Telangana

In the mid 1870, the eunuchs of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh complained that they were starving due to ban on r ...read more

District Level Sensitisation on Right to Food for Transgender Persons

In the mid 1870, the eunuchs of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh complained that they were starving due to ban on right ...read more

Discussion on Right to Food and Transgender rights

It has been more than eight years since the right to food petition was filed in the Supreme Court. An effort which began ...read more

Fact Finding Report on Right to Food with the Transgender Community in the District of Hyderabad, Telangana

In the mid 1870, the eunuchs of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh complained that they were starving due to ban on right ...read more

Fact Finding Report on Right to Food with the Transgender Community in the District of Rangareddy, Telangana

In the mid 1870, the eunuchs of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh complained that they were starving due to ban on r ...read more

State Level Awareness Program on Drug Abuse Prevention for Transgender Community

Considering the lack of awareness about laws and laws surrounding Drug usage. HRLN did a training for transgender person ...read more

Fact Finding Report on Right to Food with the Transgender Community in the District of Adilabad, Telangana

In the mid 1870, the eunuchs of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh complained that they were starving due to ban on r ...read more

District level meeting in Telangana on Housing Rights, Karimnagar Report

Transgender Persons as soon as they come out to their family about their gender, they are treated in with extreme discri ...read more

Marginalised and Urban Poor in Maharashtra : The Covid-19 Lockdown

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan & Ors. Vs. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai & Ors., PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (L) No. 22 OF 2020
Pending

Rights of Transgender Persons during the Covid 19- Lockdown: Jharkhand

Amarjeet Singh Vs State of Jharkhand and Ors; W.P.(PIL) No. 1301 of 2020
Pending

Petition for Reservation of seats in Public Transport for Transgender Persons

Sowmya Gupta vs Department of Delhi Trasport Cooperation and Anr.
Disposed

Legal Training for Transgender Persons - Transgender Persons Act, 2019

In the wake of a number of laws that affect Transgender lives and bodies drastically, which include the Transgender Pers ...read more

University forced to change admission form for Transgender Lady

Alia Sk vs State of West Bengal and Ors; W.P. No 21646 (W) of 2019
Disposed Off

Police Protection provided to a Queer Woman

Areka Sarkar and Anr Vs State of West Bengal and Ors; WP 9638(W) of 2019
Pending

National Level Consultation on Rights of Transgender Persons

As of April 2020 it would’ve been six years since the NALSA judgement was passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court under ...read more

Challenge to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019

Rachana Mudraboyina and Ors vs Union of India and Ors
Pending

Training on Right to Food of Transgender Persons

In the mid 1870, the eunuchs of Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh complained that they were starving  due to ban on ...read more

A Critique of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019

Rachana Mudraboyina a Trans Activist, one of the founding members of Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti and fou ...read more

District level meeting on Housing Rights for Transgender Persons

Transgender Persons as soon as they come out to their family about their gender, they are treated in with extreme discri ...read more

The High Court of Judicature at Patna orders state government to provide medical facilities to HIV+ patients across the State in Bihar, and “available through the year”

Mr. ABC vs. Executive Director (Health) cum Project Director Bihar State Aids Control Society, Bihar and Ors. (CWJC 5692 of 2020)
Disposed Off

Humjinsi: A Resource Book on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Rights in India. Second Edition

Compiled and Edited by Bina Fernandez Humjinsi, an Urdu word meaning ‘the being of the same nature or genus, or speci ...read more

Critique of Transgender Bill 2018

A critique of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 By Rachana Mudraboyina & Kranti L C R ...read more

Procedure for changing gender and name on official documents

This guide is created according to the state rules in Maharashtra, however, the procedure and formats provided may be us ...read more

HRLN's Kolkata unit forms a strong alliance with the transgender community in West Bengal

HRLN started working on issues faced by the transgender community since 2016, where a matter on behalf of a transgender ...read more

Transgender activist files petition in SC seeking provision of third gender option in PAN cards

Reshma Prasad Vs Union of India, S.L.P. (Civil) Diary No(s).8436/2018
Disposed off

Central Administrative Tribunal (Kolkata) allows transgender UPSC candidate to apply offline since online form lacked ‘other’ gender option

Atri Kar v. State of West Bengal and Ors., O.A. No. 1201 of 2016, State Administrative Tribunal
Disposed off

Consultation on rights of Transgender Persons after NALSA Judgement

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) organised a consultation to discuss the legal support needed for accessing transgender r ...read more

Petition for the Legal Recognition of Transgender Persons

Sangeeta Hijra vs. The State Of Bihar & Ors.
Disposed Off

Implementation of the NALSA Judgment

Reshma Prasad @ Ramesh Prasad vs. The Union of India & Ors.
Disposed off

Violatence upon Transgender Person

Kasba Police Station 393 dated 17.10.2020
Investigation is pending