For the first time in the state, Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Department has appointed a transgender as nurse in a primary health care centre on Monday. Identified as Anbu Ruby, she was posted to serve as a nurse in a PHC located in Tiruchy.
A beaming Ruby said, “I’m really happy about this. I have become the first transgender woman in India to be appointed as a nurse. I express my deep gratitude to the Chief Minister and the Health Minister.”
Ruby further said, “I belong to a middle-class family and continued my studies among lot of struggles. My father lost his eyesight when I small child and later my mother started selling banana leaves to earn money for the home and my education. My friends and professors have always supported me. The society is not much aware of the transgender people. They should accept the transgender. Acceptance is a cure.”
Earlier, transgender Rashika Raj approached the Madras High Court seeking to register as a transgender in the Tamil Nadu Nurses and Mid Wives’ Council.