Mayank Bharadwaj of Kanpur, India, remembers in his childhood the images of transgender people lingering and pleading by railway platforms. Now 29 years old and a successful software professional, Bharadwaj explains, “While we condemn them for begging, as a society, we have left them almost no other option to eke out a living.”
The childhood memories propelled him to set up a job portal — http://www.kinnerjobs.com — for the transgender and intersex community. The portal aims to be a bridge between employers and job seekers from the community. Bharadwaj said he was hopeful that it would open new frontiers for the community, as, despite being recognised as the third sex, transgender individuals often found it difficult to land jobs.
Before embarking on the project, Bharadwaj, along with his mother Beena Sharma, and friends Anup Diliprao Masurkar and Richa Agnihotri, had conducted a survey in commercial establishments in Aundh and Pimple Saudagar, among other areas. He said while some people may have a mental block towards hiring transgenders, others were open to the idea.
“We had asked shop owners and others whether they would be comfortable employing transgenders. Some of them had refused point blank, but quite a few had welcomed the idea,” he said.
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