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Dec 02 2016 (11:02)  Transgenders march to spread AIDS awareness (www.thehindu.com)
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Around 200 members of the transgender community and volunteers working for the rehabilitation of children of commercial sex workers took out a march in Kalyan (West) and staged street plays in the city on Thursday to mark World AIDS Day. The two-hour-long march from the Commissioner’s Bungalow to Birla College was organised by local NGO Navodaya Movement with Birla College and Kinnar Asmitha, a rganisation working with the community.
Mujra Bakash, a transgender rights activist with Kinnar Asmita, said, “Few understand our problems and the lack of support we get as a community. We are deprived of our rights and are denied what we deserve, even though they are guaranteed by law. We are not born to beg, we are forced to.
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We are not victims of AIDS, but the victims of the system.”
Earlier in the day, around 25 children from Navjeevan Centre, an NGO that rescues and rehabilitates children of commercial sex workers, performed a Marathi street play at Vashi and Kalyan (W) railway stations to send out their message ‘Spread Love, Not AIDS’.
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