Trans activists pledge to donate their eyeballs as “thank you” gesture

Indian transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi poses at a function in New Delhi on April 15, 2015, held to mark the first anniversary of a Supreme Court judgement which recognised Indian Transgenders as a third sex. The community has pleged to donote their eyes to celebrate the landmark verdict. AFP PHOTO /SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Last year, the Indian Supreme Court declared that it “is the right of every human being to choose their gender.” Now, over 16,000 transgender activists have pledged to donate their eyeballs to India as a symbolical “thank you” to the country for officially recognizing them. “Eyes do not discriminate, the perspective and perception of people do. We have decided to pledge our eyes as a thank you gesture to Justices AK Sikri and KS Radhakrishnan who had passed the landmark judgement,” transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi told the Press Trust of India. The activists behind the “Eye for an Eye” campaign said they hoped to grow the number of organ donors in the hundred thousands. The eye-catching campaign is also intended to protest the disconnect between the Supreme Court ruling, and the Indian government, which has so far failed to fulfill some of its recommendations, such as providing transgender people with key amenities, as well as quotas in jobs and educational opportunities.

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