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This Story Of A Third-Gender Person Befriending A Stranger On A Train To Goa Is Going Viral

"I was the one who felt happy. I thought, I now have one true friend added to my group."

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It is a familiar sight to many to see third-gender Indians asking train travellers for donations.

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One such traveller told his story on the Logical Indian Facebook page: Hemanth Poornachandra was on his way to Goa with friends when a group of third-gender people approached them. He didn't have any change, so he declined.

He goes on to say that he was nervous because he had heard stories about how they behave badly when people refuse to give them money, and he didn't want to have any trouble.
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He goes on to say that he was nervous because he had heard stories about how they behave badly when people refuse to give them money, and he didn't want to have any trouble.

Later, when Hemanth was simply standing by the train doors, one of those who had asked him for money struck up a conversation with him.

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During that honest and frank conversation, he finally understood some of the struggles India's third-gender citizens face every day.

His new friend then bought Hemanth a plate of puri, remembering that he didn't have change.

And the two vowed to stay in touch.

The story has struck a chord with several readers who are sharing their own stories in the comments.

The original post was uploaded yesterday, and has already been liked over 165,000 times and shared more than 35,000 times.

The original post was uploaded yesterday, and has already been liked over 165,000 times and shared more than 35,000 times.

Stories of generosity...

...and of empathy.

Of forging unlikely emotional bonds...

...and of the kindness of strangers.

India's third-gender citizens are widely marginalised and mistreated, but these stories are of their fierce and loyal allies.

Here's hoping that these stories of kindness toward strangers will inspire many more.

Read the entire heartwarming conversation here:

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