Monday, July 04, 2022

Kerala govt sanctions Rs 23.34 lakh to help 20-year-old become India's first transgender airline pilot

The Kerala government has come to the aid of Adam Harry, a 20-year-old transgender resident of the state, who aspires to be an airline pilot. The state's social justice department has sanctioned an amount of Rs 23.34 lakh to bear his training cost, CNBCB TV18 reported, after accessing a copy of the government order.

The amount will be used to help Harry to pursue a three-year training course at the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology in Thiruvananthapuram, the news channel reported.

The aid to Harry, a resident of the state's Thrissur district, came after he applied for government funding, the report added. Harry had claimed that he was unable to pay for his training cost as his family had expelled him after learning about his trans-identity, it further said.

“I am grateful to the Kerala government for this help," Harry told CNBC TV18.

Earlier, a report in The Hindu claimed that Harry had enrolled at the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology in Thiruvananthapuram in 2020, but failed to get a medical clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The aviation sector watchdog, after an extensive medical examination, had said that gender dysphoria -- mismatch between  biological sex and their gender identity -- made him "temporary unfit" for a licence, the report claimed.

Harry was assigned female at birth but grew up to identify as a man. He has been receiving sex hormone therapy.

Trans persons need life-long medical support. But DCGA told him that till the time he is on medication, he will not receive clearance, The Hindu reported.

Harry has been compelled to take up a delivery job with food aggregator Zomato, the report further said.

For him, stopping treatment is not an option.

04/07/22 Moneycontrol News

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