Are we taught about gender in colleges and schools? Do we encourage students to have conversations around trans people? Or do we have stereotypical thoughts that make it impossible to bend societal norms? These are some of the questions that were answered in the webinar organized by the Transgender Cell of Delhi University’s Kalindi College.
The webinar aimed to bring forth the topics of sexuality. It also discussed discourses on gender identity and intersectionality. An educator, Zayan, who identifies himself as a trans-man, shared his experiences. He spoke on the topic of “Transgenders” experience in the education sector. “Strong frameworks within academia have pushed queer and trans people to margins”, said Zayan.
The webinar had around 100 students and teachers. Moreover, the webinar was organized in collaboration with Nazariya Foundation.
“Education is supposed to help us liberate ourselves, but instead we are thrown out of the system by repeated discrimination and hierarchies reinforced upon us. Several important years of my life were snatched as it took years to realise who we were, accept it and then become confident. This is the violence of the education sector.”, said Zayan.
Anita Tagore, convener of the transgender cell told TOI, “We want to give a platform to students of the queer community. We also want to ensure that we are inclusive in the way we teach and how students learn it. It’s equally important to sensitize the teaching community too. The scope of violence will decrease the more we speak about it.”
Admission category for trans people; a myth?
However, there was an ‘other gender’ category for admission to universities. But, as per the reports, the admission under this category has been too low.
Dr Naina Hasija, Principal of Kalindi College, said, “We haven’t seen admission under this category at all. This is another reason why we thought that if we opened the cell, students from the community would speak to us. This will help in opening up.”
Speaking on the topic, officials from Jawaharlal Nehru University also highlighted the low admission under this category. No new admission has taken place under this category for the past two years. Also, officials from DU’s School of Open Learning said around five admissions took place in the last two sessions.