With an estimated 15 million transgender men and women in the world, according to the United Nations, the BBC is taking a look at how some are are breaking social barriers in the workplace and changing the world around them. In the Indian state of Maharashtra, Matthew Wheeler and Priti Gupta spend time at a unique police checkpost.And in Thailand’s capital Bangkok, Hoang Nguyen visits a model agency with a difference.The question is, what makes these two very different workplaces, which are so far apart, actually very similar?Working with India’s policeIn the melee of honking horns and swerving wheels on a busy Indian road, a policeman with a whistle is easy to miss. But throw in two or three transgender inspectors in high visibility jackets and there’s no problem stopping the traffic. By working together with these volunteers, the police in rural Thane, north-east of Mumbai gain extra help and a vital new source of information, while their transgender assistants gain credibility and respect. They are suddenly viewed in a position of authority by members of the public who had previously looked down upon them and mocked them. This particular scheme started when, at the end of last year, a… Read full this story
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