With the first restaurant in Madurai, 15 trans people against all odds, start a new life – The New Indian Express


Express news service

MADURAI: Jeyachitra, Rubika and 13 other trans people started a new chapter in their lives with the opening of their restaurant here on Friday. Madurai Trans Kitchen, located in Panagal Salai, near Rajaji Government Hospital in Goripalayam, is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in the district, run and run by trans people. A similar initiative started operating in Coimbatore last year, run by 10 trans people.

The Madurai team ran a catering service, Nambu Nayaki Amman Catering Service, for a few years in Ulaganeri until the pandemic struck. Just like other businesses, they were forced into a period of drought. It was then that the idea of ​​a restaurant took shape. With the support of organizations such as Arghyam, Vritti Livelihood Impact Partner, Swasti, SLPMS and the SELCO Foundation, they were able to set up the business.

Although they received money from sponsors, no “gentlemen” in town were willing to rent a building so that they could run the business. “We ran from pillar to post for four months, until we met a certain Arunkumar Menon, who gave us the building,” said Jeyachitra (43). “We are happy because the restaurant is near the Rajaji government hospital. People who come here can have quality food at a decent price, ”Jeyachitra added. At a time, the restaurant can accommodate 20 people.

Rubika (28), one of the 15 trans people, said the work is shared fairly between them, from preparing the food to providing it and collecting the bills. Although the restaurant has given their lives a new color, Rubika said they will continue to run the catering service as it provides them with a platform to rise up.

All of them, although from different regions, stay together as a family in Ulaganeri. The restaurant was inaugurated by collector Dr S Aneesh Sekhar. The deputy judge / secretary of the district legal services authorities, V Deepa, was present at the function.


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