Faridabad, India is the home to a beauty parlor run by and for the transgendered community. The owner Simmy started Queer Beauty Parlor in response to hearing about transgenders wanting a beautiful feminine look but could not attain it due to discrimination in traditional salons.
On the one hand, it’s a bit sad that up until this place opened, transgendered folk in the area didn’t have access to beauty services. Due to ignorance and hatred, people are being excluded from places not only in India, but around the globe. While there are several exceptions, this article states that women’s salons would not accept transgenders and the men’s salons would severely ridicule them.
However, this is really an uplifting story once you realize that Simmy and her support staff are doing what they love while giving back to the community at the same time. The salon has surged in popularity and they are currently preparing for the Karvachauth (days of fasting) rush.
The “Queer Beauty Salon” (its actual name) provides a safe haven for men who are either crossdressers or transsexuals and just want plain old fashioned beauty services.
As a side note, I was quite disappointed that this news outlet kept referring to the MTF transgendered people as men and exclusively used male pronouns for Simmy. In any case, I have posted the link to the article below for your perusal.