Not a rainbow story for the LGBTQ community in Goa

A Saturday white paper on the livelihoods of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) LGBTQ members revealed that 63% of the employed labor force had been verbally abused in the workplace.

This discrimination, according to 72% of respondents, directly hampers the progression of their career.

The White Paper – based on a random survey conducted by the Goa Livelihood Forum (GLF) as part of the Forum for Integral Development and Research (FIDR), a livelihoods advocacy group – said that 63% of people LGBTQ have stated that homophobia and transphobia were a major problem while living in Goa.

Significantly, 95% of the transgender population feels they do not have enough opportunities.

The white paper, which relies on a random survey conducted among adults from four taluks – Bardez, Tiswadi, Mormugao and Salcete – from Goa, indicated that 87% of transgender people had dropped out of school as a result homophobia / transphobia in educational institutions. The LGBTQ population registered in Goa is 3,000 people.

Among its various recommendations, the White Paper advocates the creation of a special unit within the government, ideally placed under the authority of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (in Goa, it falls under the authority of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment). Ministry of Social Welfare) to address LGBTQ issues and policies.

According to this report, 71% of respondents indicated that school or education was the place where they were most discriminated against, 36% said their school experience was rather bad and 57% had been victims of discrimination. Bullying and teasing at school on the pretext that they were LGBTQ. The percentage was close to 98% for transgender people.

Nevertheless, 77% of LGBTQ people find Goa a "good place to live".

The white paper was published during a day of "celebration in the air" organized by the Goa Museum Foundation in association with the Hamsafar Trust, based in Mumbai, the Goa Livelihood Forum and others. groups of LGBTQ people. About fifty artists presented their exhibits at the event that featured various LGBTQ celebrities from across the country.

GLF mentor Charudatta Panigrahi, who published the white paper, said it was a one-of-a-kind initiative aimed at reaching the Goa communities after the decriminalization of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

The document indicated that almost all LGBTQ persons had an adequate permanent address, which was quite the case in the face of the transgender community.

In the context of the decriminalization of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 67% of LGBTQ people believe that even after decriminalization, the current challenges of the community will not be alleviated. No less than 67% of those surveyed believe that it was pointless to seek the government's economic support.

Transgender activist Diana Dias, speaking at the publication of the white paper, said the document was by no means completely representative and complete because it depended on people who had been contacted through leaders like her. Many may have been left behind.

The white paper admitted listing data at personal meetings, gathering information for group discussions, and analyzing situations and feedback from primary and secondary sources. as in many areas, "going out openly" was perceived as a difficult thing for many.

The white paper says that civil society, government and private workplaces have a lot to do to support the livelihoods of these communities. The lack of skills in the community is appallingly large and access to public systems and facilities is embarrassing.

Mr. Panigrahi said that it was a unique attempt to study the situations on the ground regarding the livelihoods of sexual minorities. The GLF has researched, generated and reviewed LGBTQ discrimination data to provide evidence-based evidence for a detailed impact assessment on discrimination in Goa's economy. .

The report made several recommendations, including: change in social attitudes towards communities, more opportunities for education and communication, early awareness of society to society, establishment of legal standards to protect them from violence, recognition of gender by state authorities for prompt documentation, better access to health care, education and employment for LGBTQ people.