Break the Binary

How will you feel when you’ll be made fun of based on your gender? or How will you feel when your family will abandon you because of your gender?
These are the most basic challenges faced by transgenders in India. They’re insulted for their appearance knowing that it’s natural and not their choice. They also face other problems such as physical and sexual violence, false arrest. They also face difficulties in getting their share in ancestral property. Due to lack of proper education, begging on the streets and sex work was their only option for survival.
After years of hard work and struggle, they’ve got their stand in society. Many transgender across the country have made their own identity and have inspired many.

Here are some well-known transgenders all over India

Manabi Bandopadhyay

Isn’t she charming? She is Manabi Bandopadhyay, the first transgender college principal. She is the first transgender who has completed a Ph.D. She adopted a son too. She has inspired many transgenders by taking a stand for herself and completing her studies and becoming successful.

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is a transgender rights activist. She is also seen in various movies and is also a Bharatnatyam dancer, choreographer, and also motivational speaker. She is the first transgender individual to represent Asia – Pacific at a UN task meeting in 2008. She has also worked for many NGOs including Astitva Trust.

Joyita Mondal

Joyita Mondal is a first transgender judge of a civil court. She is also a social worker in West Bengal, India. She suffered a lot during her childhood but despite the difficulties, she finished her studies. She also started an organization, Dinajpur Notun Alo.

Gauri Sawant

Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai, India. She left her house when she was 18 and started her journey from there. She is the director of Sakhi Char Chowghi who supports transgender people and also helps people who have AIDS/HIV. She also has an adopted daughter.

Naaz Joshi

Naaz Joshi is India’s first transgender beauty queen.
She is as beautiful as any other woman on this planet.

Transgenders have never failed to impress us. They shine in their way and it’s time for us to accept them and give them the respect they deserve because, in the end, we all are human beings.