Ill-conceived affirmative action forces transgender persons to give up employment with Kochi metro

In a widely advertised move, Kochi Metro’s employment of 23 transgender persons for various jobs including housekeeping, ticket vending, customer relations, etc, exposed identities of many who were not ready to ‘out’ themselves. In the absence of providing housing facilities, the opportunity backfired as most of the transgender employees were unable to find rented accommodation due to stigma and discrimination. The partially visualised affirmative action did not factor in the deep rooted social stigma that would impact housing for the transgender employees causing many to give up their hard won jobs. Their demand from the Kochi Metro is to ensure housing to enable them to avail these jobs.