Transgender model is Shown the Door at popular HotelMar 28, 2019
In a country that is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that women are not second class citizens but are equal to men, the plight of the LGBTQ community can only be described as pathetic. We are used to identifying people with gender so much that we are not able to see that every person deserves respect irrespective of gender.
Aizya (Naaz) Joshi is an Indian transsexual who did our country proud by winning the Miss World Diversity 2018 title. She won this not just once but two times in a row. She is the first Indian transsexual to win this title and the first transsexual in the world to endorse a sanitary napkin brand called Klaren. So many achievements sit lightly on this tall beauty’s head. However, to many in our country, she is still just a transsexual who does not deserve any respect because why do these people need to be respected anyway? These are just people who clap hands and are born for prostitution right? Wrong! Indian society needs to grow up and soon.
Joshi had recently posted on Twitter about how she was treated with utter disregard at Park Inn hotel in Gurgoan. She had made an announcement earlier that the Queen Universe contest would take place in 2019 for women to compete and win the prestigious title. She was hosting this contest and had made bookings at Park Inn Gurgoan for the same. However, she has said in her tweet that when she met the hotel’s general manager in person, he gave her derogatory looks and did not allow her to go forward with her booking even though she had already confirmed her booking and was asked to pay the payment for the booking after meeting the general manager.
She tweeted with hashtags against the hotel and the general manager who had treated her with disrespect and cancelled her booking at the hotel. Many people were quick to come to her support on Twitter and shamed the general manager of the hotel for his discriminatory behaviour.
Joshi has had a long and difficult journey that has crossed to achieve success in her life. Any person doesn’t deserve to be discriminated based on his/her gender. But, facing discrimination even after all her achievements is something that is even more unfair. She wonders if this is her plight then what will be the plight of other transsexuals in the country.
Joshi was born in a Hindu Muslim community and was considered a shame for her family because of her sexual orientations. She was bullied in school and was called all sorts of names. She faced the horrors of sexual molestation by her teachers and distant relatives. She was sent away to Mumbai to stay with a relative where she completed her education through open schooling.
Out of sheer determination she got herself into NIFT and later worked in the fashion industry for top designers. She started a fashion label along with her brother but was left shattered with the sudden demise of her brother. She says that even in the fashion industry, she was bad-eyed by men and was at the constant danger of sexual harassment. After crossing all these hurdles, she found her niche in modelling and went on to feature on cover pages of magazines and won many prestigious beauty titles. She is also a social activist working to educate the underprivileged.
It is a shame that this person is still being discriminated in our society even when many transgender people are breaking barriers and holding posts of power and influence in our country. This calls for a hard look at our mindsets and our prejudices that make life hell for certain major and minor sections of the society.
We want to see the general manager of the hotel apologise to Joshi and set an example for all the people who are still stuck with narrow mindsets in our country. What do you think?