LGBTs to drive taxis

MUMBAI: Mumbai’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and  transgender citizens will soon be able to drive private taxis in the  city, in a sign of the increasing acceptance of the marginalised  community in India’s commercial capital. A project launched by Wings  Travels and community organisation 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. “The LGBT  community, especially transgenders, have very few economic opportunities  because of the huge stigma they face,” said Pallav Patankar, director  of programmes at Humsafar Trust in Mumbai. “We hope this will set the  ball rolling and open up other such opportunities for them.” India’s  Supreme Court recognised transgender as a legal third gender in April  2014 and called on the government to ensure their equal treatment.