For the first time, the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), one of Kerala's biggest cultural events will have a special place for transgenders. At least 30 transgenders are expected to come for the fest as delegates.

 

"We are glad that at least from now we will be given equal rights and status and allowed to watch and enjoy movies along with others. It's difficult to put our happiness in words," says Mikha,  a member of the queer group.

 


Apart from a package for third gender films, the delegate registration forms will include a column for the third gender, and at least IFFK venues will have separate washrooms for transgenders.

 


Reacting to the news Sreekutti another member of the group said,  "it is a welcome change, but we need more acceptance in the society. We don't want separate washrooms or seating arrangements we want equality". 

 


The festival will begin on 9 December and this year's theme is dedicated to refugees, especially child victims like Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body had created global headlines against war.