Transform

International Conference on Transgender Rights and the Law.

Transgender Identity & The Law Course

An elective university course on transgender identity and the law.

Publications

Beyond the Binary: Advancing Legal Recognition for Intersex Persons in India

July 9, 2020

  This Policy Brief proposes the need for legal recognition of intersex persons and intersex…

Winding Path to Trans Equality (with Jayna Kothari and Tejas Pande)

June 26, 2020

Bangalore International Centre recorded a podcast with Senior Advocate and Executive Director, CLPR Jayna Kothari where she spoke to Tejus AP about trans rights, important legal judgments in India, the US, and elsewhere in recent years, and the path towards gender equity and inclusion.

Equality Bill 2021: Takes a New Step in Addressing Discrimination, Recognising Intersectionality & Promoting Equality.

January 8, 2021

CLPR’s draft Equality Bill 2021 takes a new step in addressing discrimination experienced by people on the basis of caste, gender, religion, transgender and intersex identity, disability and other grounds. It aims to promote equality, prohibit different types of discriminatory conduct, provide adequate civil remedies and set up fora for redressal that are accessible and effective in addressing discrimination.

Litigation

Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli & Ors. v. State of Telangana

September 17, 2018

On behalf of three transgender activists, CLPR, represented by Jayna Kothari and Disha Chaudhari, filed a Public Interest Litigation challenging the constitutional validity of the Telangana Eunuchs Act, 1919 in the Andhra Pradesh High Court at Hyderabad.

News And Media

Bar and Bench

Madras High Court seeks response from Tamil Nadu govt on plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons not holding ration cards

May 22, 2021

Bar & Bench reported on the Madras Court’s order where the court sought a response from the Tamil Nadu government on a plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons who do not possess ration cards.

Live Law

Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Against Blanket Ban On Blood Donation By Transgenders, Sex Workers

March 8, 2021

Live Law reported on the Supreme Court’s order where the apex court issued a notice in a plea challenging the Union Ministry of Health blood donor guidelines that prohibit transgender persons and gay men from donating blood.

Bar and Bench

Examine how Horizontal Reservation can be provided for Transgender persons in public employment: Karnataka High Court

January 6, 2021

Bar & Bench reported on the High Court of Karnataka’s order asking the State government to examine whether Transgender persons can be given horizontal reservation in public employment. The court made these comments while hearing the petition, filed by Sangama, which challenged a State government notification on police constable recruitment on the grounds that it excluded a separate category for Transgender persons.

Blog

Turf not TERF: Feminism, Solidarity and Trans Persons

June 25, 2021
Vikramaditya Sahai

Turf not TERF: Feminism, Solidarity and Trans Persons

June 25, 2021 | Vikramaditya Sahai

In a workshop in May, Kamla Bhasin, poet, and social activist offered her take on feminist activism, which she defined in rather narrow, perhaps stifling ways. Feminism, according to her, was not about race, or caste, or trans issues, or the ecology, “and so on”; it is only and exclusively about the struggle against patriarchy, misogyny, and the control of men and/over women.

Queering COVID-19

June 18, 2021
Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli

Queering COVID-19

June 18, 2021 | Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli

Unlike many other Indians, LGBTIQ+ Indians don’t yet have equal rights.  They, in reality, are still sub-legal citizens.  This reflects abundantly in our laws spanning across anti-discrimination, education, sexual crimes and harassment, civil and criminal law, healthcare, housing, the labour code, and much more.  Our laws exclude LGBTIQ+ communities and that leaves a huge legislative vacuum.  Despite NALSA and Navtej judgments and the contentious Transgender Rights Act, many states remain non-starters. 

How Karnataka took the lead in horizontal reservations for transgender persons

September 29, 2021 | Jayna Kothari | Mihir Rajamane

In this article published by news9live.com, Jayna Kothari and Mihir Rajamane discuss the recent order by the Karnataka Government for providing 1% horizontal reservation for transgender persons.

We don’t want your blood’ exclusion of Sexual Minorities from Blood Donation

February 17, 2021 | Thulasi K. Raj

In this blog post, Thulasi K. Raj argues that the exclusion of sexual minorities from blood donations is violative of non-discrimination under Articles 14 and 15.

Equality Bill 2021: Takes a New Step in Addressing Discrimination, Recognising Intersectionality & Promoting Equality.

January 8, 2021

CLPR’s draft Equality Bill 2021 takes a new step in addressing discrimination experienced by people on the basis of caste, gender, religion, transgender and intersex identity, disability and other grounds. It aims to promote equality, prohibit different types of discriminatory conduct, provide adequate civil remedies and set up fora for redressal that are accessible and effective in addressing discrimination.

At the Intersections of Caste and Gender

October 9, 2020 | Jayna Kothari

In this article published by the Thinking Republic, Jayna Kothari, Senior Advocate & Executive Director at Center for Law and Policy Research talks about the intersection of caste and gender highlighting the discrimination faced by Dalit and Adivasi trans persons. She also argues that the urgent for all activists, lawyers, researchers and civil society members to be intersectional in its approach to be able to understand the multidimensional discrimination faced by the persons at the intersections of race, caste, and gender identity.

Bar and Bench

Madras High Court seeks response from Tamil Nadu govt on plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons not holding ration cards

May 22, 2021

Bar & Bench reported on the Madras Court’s order where the court sought a response from the Tamil Nadu government on a plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons who do not possess ration cards.

Live Law

Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Against Blanket Ban On Blood Donation By Transgenders, Sex Workers

March 8, 2021

Live Law reported on the Supreme Court’s order where the apex court issued a notice in a plea challenging the Union Ministry of Health blood donor guidelines that prohibit transgender persons and gay men from donating blood.

Bar and Bench

Supreme Court agrees to examine Centre’s Blood Donor guidelines that prohibit donations from gay men and transgender persons

March 6, 2021

Bar & Bench reported on the Supreme Court’s order where the apex court issued a notice in a plea challenging the Union Ministry of Health blood donor guidelines that prohibit transgender persons and gay men from donating blood.

Bar and Bench

Examine how Horizontal Reservation can be provided for Transgender persons in public employment: Karnataka High Court

January 6, 2021

Bar & Bench reported on the High Court of Karnataka’s order asking the State government to examine whether Transgender persons can be given horizontal reservation in public employment. The court made these comments while hearing the petition, filed by Sangama, which challenged a State government notification on police constable recruitment on the grounds that it excluded a separate category for Transgender persons.