Trigger warnings: Mentions of transphobia
It’s vital to realise that the narrative of gender-based discrimination in science, technology, engineering, medicine and allied disciplines has been limited to cis-women in science. This post is part of a series of posts (we call this the ‘transgender persons in science mini-series’) that hopes to dismantle the invisibilisation that transgender persons in science go through. This mini-series started last year as a part of season 5 of TheLifeofScience.com
The fifth piece in the series (and the fourth comix) features Aparna Banerjee and Amrita Sarkar, two transgender women who’ve spent their lifetimes working for making public-health in India more conscious of the needs of transgender persons. The conversation between Aparna, Amrita and TheLifeofScience.com’s Sayantan Datta is brought to life by Rox’ illustrations.
The script of this comix can be found here.
- A report on government’s condom ad ban: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/govt-bans-condom-ads-from-6-am-to-10-pm-because-they-are-indecent/article21461765.ece
- A resource kit on public health in India by the Economic and Political Weekly: https://www.epw.in/engage/debate-kits/public-health-india
- Sayantan Datta’s articles on why queer-trans people in India should demand a better public health system: (a) https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trans-and-queer-people-in-india-should-demand-better-health-care/, (b) https://theswaddle.com/indias-healthcare-system-is-still-failing-queer-trans-people-a-public-health-movement-can-change-that/
- Avert.org’s web page on HIV and AIDS in India: https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/asia-pacific/india
- Critiques of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019: https://thewire.in/lgbtqia/trans-act-2019-rules-feedback-activists
Acknowledgements: TheLifeofScience.com Season 6 is supported by contributors to our crowdfunding campaign, STEMpeers, and also by a grant from the Thakur Family Foundation. Thakur Family Foundation has not exercised any editorial control over the contents of this reportage.