For the first time in India, members of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and transgender i.e. LGBT community have started a radio cab service in the city of Mumbai. City-based community organisation Humsafar Trust, along with Wings Travels, launched the initiative Wednesday.
As part of the pilot project, five members will undergo training and be eligible to drive radio cabs, after getting a transport licence, which could take nearly a year.
This initiative will provide a great push to LGBT community who struggle to find work due to the stigma surrounding them. This move will ensure that these people have a continuos source of income and they can earn their livelihood without turning to prositution, or singing and dancing on the road.
“We want to show the society that we are capable of more than just sex work and begging. However, it will take some time to change people’s minds,” said a transgender, who has been associated with Humsafar for 16 years and is part of the radio cab pilot project.