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24 Feb 2017

Govt Proposes To Include Transgender Issues In School Syllabus

MP, 23 Feb 2017, Kolkata: The state government has proposed to include transgender and gay people's issues in school syllabus to remove the social stigma attached to them. A meeting was recently held between the members of the School Syllabus Committee and State Child Protection Committee on the matter. 
A member of the Child Protection Committee said that discussion was on to find out whether the problem of transgender and gay people would be presented in the form of stories or would they be taught as a part of Biology. Once the subject becomes a part of syllabus, students will be able to know more about them and will be able to accept them normally letting go of the social resistance. 
"The only way to remove the stigma attached to the transgender is to teach about them from the school days itself," the member said. It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banrjee has always treated transgenders with respect and a Commission has been set up to look after their problems. 
Manabi Bandyopadhyay, who had waged a war to establish rights of the transgenders is now the Principal of Krishnanagar College. The member said as more and more gays, lesbians and transgenders are coming out in the open and demanding equal rights, it was necessary to address their problems and respect towards them was absolutely necessary. 
"Despite the progress of education, we still cannot accept them with an open mind. We are still very apprehensive which is wrong," the member said adding: "During school days, a gay or a lesbian child is looked down upon and most of the students have a tendency to avoid them. This will no longer be there when students learn about them." It may be mentioned that every year an LGBT parade is taken out in the city and their number is fast growing.

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