Being an Indian Transgender is difficult. They have proved time and again that a transgender person is not born only to be dragged into prostitution or beggary but that they are capable of doing the same things as anyone else, that they are only humans who want to be cared about and are not meant to be thrown away as waste papers from the society.
4 Powerful Indian Transgender Personalities
Here’s presenting to you 4 Indian transgender personalities who, despite facing several odds, didn’t give up but have successfully reached the top summit.
In 2013, Swapna, a 23-year-old Indian transgender person, finally decided to pursue her dreams and appear for the Tamil Nadu Public Service Examination. She had to secure The Union Public Service Commission’s permission to receive her hall ticket. Still, only after the court intervened was, she finally considered eligible for the examination.
Swapna’s strong determination did not let her give up despite facing such odds. Today, the entire transgender community takes pride in her as she is the first from her community to appear for the civil service examination.
2. Manabi Bandhopadhyay
She was very well aware of her womanly instincts, but she chose to hide her authentic self beneath her manly attire. Why? Because she wanted to escape from her conservative father’s taunting remarks. But soon, a change of mind had set everything in her life in the right place. She finally decided to undergo a sex-change operation and thus became Manabi from Somanath.
She decided to set an example herself. This step of hers only made her bold. If nothing else, dealing with the various challenges that life had offered to her helped her prove that people belonging to the Indian transgender community were nothing less than the other two genders.
She is the first from her community who has earned a doctorate. Later she took to teaching Bengali at Vivekananda Satavarsiki Mahavidyalaya in West Midnapore District, after which she has also been appointed as the college principal of Krishnanagar Women’s College.
3. Kalki Subramaniam
She is our country’s first transgender entrepreneur. From holding two master’s degrees in journalism and international relations to running her business venture called ‘Sahodari,’ Kalki has done it all!
The main idea behind creating ‘Sahodari’ is to generate income for people bhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQZV5QmaoBAelonging to the trans community and the poor people belonging to all communities. Today, her relatives have accepted her as a kind of person, but they also reflect her deep feelings towards humanity.
4. Laxmi Tripathi
You may have seen her before because she has been a part of the 5th season of the controversial reality show Bigg Boss. But apart from that, there is a lot more you didn’t know about her. Did you know that Laxmi Tripathi was the first from the Indian transgender community to represent Asia Pacific in the UN in 2008? In the year 2007, she formed her own organization ‘Astitiva’ to promote the interests of sexual minorities.
Apart from being a social activist, she holds a post-graduate degree in Bharat Natyam and has been a part of several Ken Ghosh videos.