Juhu school kids break stereo­types, bring in par­ents to meet trans­gen­ders Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Cuban leader Fidel Cas­tro dies at 90; fu­neral on Dec 4 BEARDED REBEL

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For the past year, stu­dents of the Ecole Mon­di­ale World School at Juhu have been work­ing out ways to help trans­gen­ders in Mum­bai be­come fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent. The first step: break­ing down the walls of stigma around the com­mu­nity.

To do this, the stu­dents brought to­gether their par­ents and mem­bers of the LGBT com­mu­nity to­gether for an in­ter­ac­tion on Fri­day — pos­si­bly the first time a school in Mum­bai took up such an ini­tia­tive.

As part of the project, the stu­dents will train the trans­gen­ders to up­load short do-it-your­self videos on YouTube, in which they can share their ex­per­tise in fash­ion, make-up and other fields. “Once the videos start trend­ing, they will gen­er­ate an in­come through ad­ver­tise­ments,” said Khushi Kapoor, a Class 10 stu­dent.

This is part of a four-point pro­gramme the stu­dents de­vised. The pro­gramme also aims at spread­ing aware­ness on safe-sex among trans­gen­ders, start­ing a mo­bile dis­pen­sary and dis­pelling prej­u­dices and stereo­types. Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity don’t get job op­por­tu­ni­ties ow­ing how so­ci­ety dis­crim­i­nates against them, the stu­dents said.

“We met Haya, and she told us about the lack of aware­ness about safe-sex in their com­mu­nity, how they feel awk­ward go­ing to hos­pi­tals, and how they have to bat­tle eco­nomic hard­ships be­cause of dis­crim­i­na­tion from so­ci­ety,” said Nayan­tara Deane, another stu­dent.

Fidel Cas­tro, who led his bearded rebels to vic­to­ri­ous revo­lu­tion in 1959, em­braced Sovi­et­style com­mu­nism and de­fied the power of 10 U.S. pres­i­dents dur­ing his half-cen­tury of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90.

With a shak­ing voice, Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro said on state television that his older brother died at 10:29 p.m. Fri­day. He ended the an­nounce­ment by shout­ing the rev­o­lu­tion­ary slo­gan: “To­ward vic­tory, al­ways!”

Cas­tro’s reign over the is­land na­tion 90 miles (145km) from Florida was marked by the US-backed Bay of Pigs in­va­sion in 1961 and the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis a year later that brought the world to the brink of nu­clear war. Cas­tro, who out­lasted a crip­pling US trade em­bargo as well as dozens, pos­si­bly hun­dreds, of as­sas­si­na­tion plots, died 10 years af­ter a life-threat­en­ing ill­ness led him to turn over power to his brother. He was born on Au­gust 13, 1926, in Bi­ran in eastern Cuba.

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