Shifting gears: Radio cabs run by LGBT community to hit Mumbai roads
The members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community will now literally shift gears to earn their livelihood. In a first-of-its-kind initiative by Wings Travel and Humsafar Trust, a city-based NGO, five members of the LGBT community will be trained to drive radio cabs.
“It is so unfortunate that the LGBT community in India is either ridiculed or worshipped. They gave never been accepted in mainstream work environment of the society,” said Pallav Patankar, director programs, Humsafar Trust.
Patankar added, “In Thailand, people from the LGBT communities work in all sectors without being looked down upon. In India, there is a huge resistance from the corporates to involve this community.”
While only five members of the LGBT are currently a part of this initiative, more members from the community will be employed in the coming days.
“We have openings for nearly 1,500 LGBT members in Mumbai under the programme. We are aiming to turn it into a pan-India scheme,” said Arun Kharat, founder and director, Wings Travels.
The members of the LGBT community will be able to earn nearly Rs 15,000 per month under the initiative.
Suraj Thakur, 25, is one of the five members of the LGBT community who is going to be trained as a part of this scheme He currently works at the Humsafar Trust.
“People in our society just assume that members of my community earn their bread and butter by either working as sex workers or begging in trains. I too have a right to live my life with dignity. I am very happy and excited to have this opportunity of driving a cab to earn a living,” added Thakur.