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16 Transgender Indians We Absolutely Need To Know About

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1. Santa Khurai

Khurai opened the first beauty salon run by a trans woman in Manipur, thus leading the way for many others to open up their own salons across the state. After she shut her salon in 2010, she led the All Manipur NupiMaanbi Association (AMANA), a coalition working towards raising awareness of the rights of the transgender community.


3. Kalki Subramaniam

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Kalki Subramaniam is a trans rights activist and has led the way by being a successful entrepreneur. She was the first trans woman to star as a lead in an Indian movie. She runs an NGO called Sahodari Foundation which works for the welfare of the trans/intersex community.

4. Living Smile Vidya

She is an actor and writer from Chennai. She was the subject of the award-winning Kannada documentary Naanu Avanalla...Avalu, based on her autobiography of the same name. The autobiography, Naan Saravanan Illai, Vidya was first written in Tamil, and later translated in seven languages.

5. Anjali Ameer

She was propelled to fame when she was announced as the first transgender actress to work in a mainstream film, with Malayalam actor Mammootty playing the male lead.

6. Madhu Kinnar

Madhu Kinnar is the first trans woman to get elected mayor in the state of Chattisgarh. The then-35-year-old won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji.

7. A. Revathi

She is the author of books Unarvum Uruvamum and The Truth About Me. In fact, the latter has been included in the syllabus for third gender literature at the American College of Madurai.


8. Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi

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She is a trans right activist, who fought for India to recognise a third gender, giving many citizens the choice to identify as neither male nor female. She has also actively fought to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

9. Aryan Pasha

He is a Delhi-based lawyer who works with MARG, working for legal empowerment of the LGBT community. He is also working on a petition for gender-neutral laws in India, among many other things.

14. Christy Raj

He is a journalist based in Bengaluru who writes on trans rights and is closely associated with LGBT rights organisation, Sangama. Along with them, he also helped iron out the loopholes in the 2015 draft of the Transgender Bill.

15. Joyita Mondal

She was the first transgender judge of a Lok Adalat in India. She completed her studies through correspondence and got herself a degree in law. In 2010, she was the first trans person from her district to get a voter ID.


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