The Union Cabinet has approved the Transgender
Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019.
The Bill aims at the social, economic and
educational empowerment of transgender persons.
Under the bill, transgender persons are defined
as those “whose gender does not match the gender assigned to that person at
birth and includes trans-men or trans-women, persons with intersex variations,
gender-queers, and persons having socio-cultural identities”
The Bill prohibits any person or establishment
from discriminating against a transgender person in any way.
According to the bill, a person would have the
right to choose to be identified as a man, woman or transgender, irrespective
of sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and hormonal therapy
It also states that the government, through an
insurance scheme, will cover medical expenses for sex reassignment surgery,
hormonal therapy, laser therapy or any such health related expenses of
The Bill has proposed establishing a National
Council for Transgender persons. The Council would advise the central
government on related policies and legislation and also act as a centre for