Coimbatore : In a move that could help create public awareness about the transgender community, Coimbatore on Monday witnessed the launch of a unique modern unisex salon and gym, that will also offer special luxury rooms for transgenders.
This spa, that goes by the name of Luxx Spa and Salon, claims to be the first of its kind initiative in India.
"At a time when the transgenders are marginalised in the society, we are trying to reach out to them out of humanity," J Shivaprakash, director of this modern unisex salon, said, adding that the spa also boasts of special luxury rooms for transgenders.
The spa was inaugurated jointly by India’s ace Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan and Tamil film actor Sethuraman.
In a significant step taken by the Supreme Court in 2014, it recognised the transgender community as a third gender along with male and female. "It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," the apex court said.
The judgment meant that transgenders would not be forced to write ‘male’ or ‘female’ against their gender. It also paved way for them to be treated as socially and economically backward and be entitled to the benefits that come with it.
Transgenders are now allowed to take admission in educational institutions and are also given employment on the basis that they belong to the third gender category. They are also given educational and employment reservation as OBCs.
Notably, in 2015, Tamil Nadu's K Prithika Yashini was declared the first transgender Sub Inspector of Police.
The SC ruling also prompted states to construct special public toilets and departments to look into their special medical issues.
It is in this backdrop that the opening of a modern unisex salon and gym in Coimbatore that will also cater to the transgender makes it all the more special.