Transgender achievers in India

>Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Laxmi Narayan Tripati became the first transgender person to represent Asia Pacific at the UN in the year 2008.

She is a transgender rights activist, dancer, choreographer and motivational speaker. She has served many NGOs for the wellfare of LGBT and also works for her own organisation Astitiva.

>Dr Manabi Bandopadhyay

Manabi Bandopadhyay is India’s first transgender to have a PhD in Bengali literature and the first transgender college principal.

After the competion of PhD in 2005 and receiving convocation in 2006, she struggled for 16 years to aqcuire the post of college principal. In the year 2015, Dr Manabi Bandopadhyay took the charge of principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in Nadia district of West Bengal, purely on the basis of merits and past experience of 16 years.

>Joyita Mondal

Joyita Mondal became India’s first transgender judge in a civil court in West Bengal.

She is a social worker and is currently working along with her organisation, Dinajpur Notun Alo (Dinajpur New Light,) by helping out thousands of people of her district. She is also the first trans person in her district to have received a voter ID in 2010.

>K. Prithika Yashini

K Prathika Yashini is India’s first transgender to become a police officer. She is the first trans sub-inspector of Tamil Nadu.

In 2017, she was appointed as sub-inspector in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu in the law and order wing. Initially, she had applied for the post but her application was rejected for being a trans woman, belonging to none of the two specified gender categories. She challenged the decision in the High Court and Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) conducted a series of tests for her which she successfully cleared. In addition to this, High Court also directed the TNUSRB to include transgender people as a third category.

>Padmini Prakash

Padimin Prakash created history by becoming the first trans news anchor of India.

She was appointed as the prime time news anchor on LotusTV, a Tamil news channel in the year 2014. She is also a classical dancer trained in Bharatnatyam and has also acted in Tamil daily soaps. She has also participated in many beauty peagents and was crowned Miss Transgender India in 2009 and Miss Transgender Tamil Nadu in 2007.

>Naaz Joshi

Naaz Joshi is India’s first trans international beauty queen, a transgender rights activist and a motivational speaker.

She is also the first transgender to have won the title of Miss World Diversity in three consecutive years and also the first trans woman to win an international crown against cis-gendered women. She is currently working on gender sensitization programs in collaboration with many schools and universities to empower trans communities in India. Moreover, she is the brand ambassador of Tritan Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Sri Lanka based NGO and good will ambassador of AGS Grooming Academy, Delhi.

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