In India’s Kerela state, Catholic religious plan to open a school catering especially to transgender students.
“The Church has been very supportive” of efforts to help transgender
students, says Vijaya Raja Mallika, a transgender activist in Kerela,
who has led the drive to open a school for transgender students who have
dropped out of ordinary schools.
The school will be located in Kochi,
in a building made available by a community of women religious.
Caritas India has been involved in advocacy for transgender
individuals, supporting programs to stop discrimination against them.
“The whole Church has a big role to play,” says Father Paul Madassey,
who heads “pro-life support” efforts sponsored by the Catholic bishops