“Common Gender” Hijra Shunned And Clinging To Life

First-time director Noman Robin accidentally walked into a shockingly violent scene that propelled him into the movie making spotlight in his native Bangladesh — and around the world.

Robin was at a mall as a hijra or transgender female was thrown first out of the men’s room and then the ladies’ room. As customers began screaming, security guards dragged her to the street and began beating her.

“What are you doing here?” shouted the guards. “I’m human! I need to go to the toilet,” she replied.

Today, Robin’s film, “Common Gender,” exposes the shunned hijra — transvestites, transgender — who cling together in slums, rejected by their families and exploited by society that treats them as sub-human.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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