LGBT to drive taxis in Mumbai, sign of social acceptance

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Mumbai, Jan 23 (ANI): Mumbai’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens will soon be able to drive private taxis in the city, as a sign of the increasing acceptance of the marginalised community in India.A project launched by Wings Travels and Community organisation and Humsafar Trust will train up to 300 members of the LGBT community to drive cabs in the city. The service, to be called Wings Rainbow, may then be expanded nationwide. Wing Travels also operates a taxi service that employs retired army personnel and one with female drivers for women passengers.Director of programmes at Humsafar Trust Pallav Patankar said they would like to upscale the system by 300 LGBT drivers in a span of three years. It would be a livelihood opportunity for people who may not have had the opportunity earlier. These are marginalised sections of the society who may be educational dropouts; they probably might not have had the opportunities that any other Indian has. We would probably want them to get that opportunity out here.Members of the LGBT community hailed the move. A transgender Sarika said she was happy that their role as taxi drivers would bring in some change in the mindset of people. The society believes that eunuchs or people of LGBT community earn their livelihood by begging o

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