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27 Jan 2016

LGBTI taxi service launched in India

India’s first taxi service run by LGBT was announced in Mumbai last week.

Wings Rainbow, a radio taxi service launched by Wings Travels and Humsafar Trust, hopes to empower members of the LGBT community by providing a dignified livelihood.

The service is launching with three transgender women drivers and two gay men. They will undergo etiquette training and hope to receive their driving licences by the end of the year.

According to one of the founders, Arun Kharat, the LGBTI chauffeurs will earn Rs15,000 ($220.64; €202.30) per month under the scheme and Rs4,000 ($58.84; €53.95) is being spent per head on training.

‘While the first five are trained, we will continue enrolment from the LGBT community up to 1,500 people across all nine cities,’ Kharat told The Hindu newspaper.

‘We want them to be eventual entrepreneurs and own these vehicles,’ he added.

‘We want to ensure that the LGBT community in India enjoys the same rights and livelihood opportunities in India as their counterparts in the West.’

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-01-28 12:37  
I wish you and them much success!!!!
2. 2016-01-28 16:17  
Not the best way to achieve integration.

I'd rather use a professional company than one whose drivers are looking in the mirror to do their make up rather than checking the road.
3. 2016-01-31 03:22  
I will be sure to use them the next time I visit - they have a tough time particularly with the right wing state and national governments on top of a very conservative culture
4. 2016-01-31 05:41  
Now that's 'using their noggins' practical can do thinking & creating economic empowerment,
5. 2016-01-31 18:38  
This is great and I hope it will work... All the best Humsafar, and also for the curative petition next Tuesday!
6. 2016-02-13 05:05  
It will do no harm having that!

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