We are in the 21st century, post 377 era but still half of the ‘janta’ struggle to understand that there is not a single difference between a woman and a trans woman. While we never miss out praising our women, we often overlook the achievements that our trans women struggle for.
Here are a few of the iconic trans women who are shaping Indian society and the communities around them:
Vqueeram Aditya Sahai
Vikramaditya, a former professor at Ambedkar University, is known for keeping an unconventional view of the gender binary. Her work on gender inequality, ideology and opinions, and violence on LGBT+ shows her firm stand on LGBT+ issues. She encourages people to love their sexuality and gender while accepting the realities and taking necessary steps to prevent injustice.
Vivek, the author of the best-selling book ‘I’m Afraid of Men’, is also the creator of the album ‘Part‑Time Woman’. She is an artist whose work can be found in different genres — music, visual art, literature, film, theatre — you call it, she probably has done it all. Her work aims to educate and inspire their audience about topics, including mental health, queerness, and inclusion.
K Prithika Yashini
India’s first transgender sub-inspector in Tamil Nadu state police, Prithika, opted for a sex change surgery and fulfilled her dreams of becoming a police officer. She had to approach the court, elicit an informal enquiry and cross several hurdles to fulfil her dream of becoming a police officer.
India’s first transgender judge, Joyita, was appointed at Lok Adalat in North Bengal at 29. Mondal decided to obtain a degree in law after working for transgender rights organisations.
India’s first transgender MLA, Shabnam, contested elections from the Sohagpur constituency in district Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh. As her family did not support her, she wasn’t able to attend school, yet she learnt almost 12 different languages.
India’s first transgender student to clear the 12th Board exams (HSC exams), Tarika, had run away from her home in Thoothukudi district at the age of 6 after realising that she wasn’t accepted for who she was. Transgender activist Grace Banu adopted her and helped her get a new name, official identification, and sex reassignment surgery.
Coastal Karnataka’s first transgender radio jockey, Kajal, suffered from the deep distress of gender dysphoria at a young age. She left her home at the age of 10 and settled in Mumbai’s Malad; she got support from MGM college lecturer Manjunath Kamath, who connected her to Spandana Channel’s Avinash Kamath, who trained her for two months to host shows.
Rajasthan State Police Force’s first and India’s third transgender police, Ganga, couldn’t get the post in 2015 because of her gender clarity issue and appointment rules. She struggled for two years to claim her right to don the uniform and serve the nation on 13 November 2017.
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