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.