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Published on : Thursday, January 21, 2016
Those travelling to Mumbai find the city having an overpowering effect of palpable life. People in the city have strong ideas, adopting defying social status that is starkly opposed to the rest of the country. Owing to this unique blend a special identity sets Mumbai apart as a well loved and lived in city in Asia.
Recently the city has accepted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens as taxi drivers. This marginalised community is finding acceptance in slow transition within the social structure of the city.
Wings Travels and community organisation Humsafar Trust has taken it upon themselves to train some 300 members of the LGBT community and turn them to cab drivers. The Wing Rainbow service as it has been named may be expanded nationwide.
The LGBT community is neglected and holds very few economic opportunities. Pallav Patankar, director of programmes at Humsafar Trust in Mumbai says “We hope that this will set the ball rolling and that it will open up other such opportunities for them.”
After the Supreme Court Ruling the community is entitled to enjoy equal treatment but despite the ruling this minority has been discriminated against in jobs, basic services, health facilities and education.
Wings Travels plans to place 1,500 LGBT drivers in its taxi fleet nationwide. This will help this community gain confidence and acceptance nationwide with respectability and independence.