Brindaalakshmi. K is a queer-feminist researcher, writer and advocacy professional. As a researcher, they work at the intersection of human rights, identities and technology. Brindaa’s advocacy efforts are informed by their experience as a queer rights activist and peer supporter working with the LGBTIQA+ community. They also lead workshops on consent, intersectionality and digital security. In 2020, they authored the study, ‘Gendering of Development Data in India: Beyond the Binary’ for the Centre for Internet & Society for the Big Data for Development Network supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.
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Against much uproar from the transgender community, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 was enacted by the Government of India in December 2019 to recognise and protect the rights of transgender persons. Opposition from the transgender community was due to several problematic provisions in the statute including the demand for surgical intervention…
In India, the digitisation drive of services interlinked with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights. Through the provisions mentioned in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019, this article gives us a glimpse of human rights violations and denial of a life with dignity…
During the lockdown in India, the circumstances of marginalised population groups, including gender and sexual minorities (GSM), has worsened. Community and peer support has been critical, but in many cases it depends on phone and/or internet connectivity. The author wonders if informed choices regarding internet usage is possible in this context.