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India Breaking Barriers: Transgender Woman Marries

India Breaking Barriers: Transgender Woman Marries

In what is described as a first, Meghna, a transgender woman and a gentleman named Basudev from Bhubaneswar, India were married Friday in a traditional Hindu ceremony. “I am very happy today and would like to thank Basudev for taking such a bold step to marry a transgender. People think transgender’s people can’t get married […]

Trans Activist Akkai Padmashali Takes on India’s Anti Gay Law

Trans Activist Akkai Padmashali Takes on India’s Anti Gay Law

Transgender activist Dr. Akkai Padmashali is using recent legal advances in a first of a kind fight for the rights of all of India’s LGBT people. She is absolutely correct in her ideology, together we stand divided we fall. The NDI government recently abstained from a UN vote to appoint an independent investigator to help […]

Trans Woman Laxmi Narayan Tripathi Loved at Lakme Fashion Week

Trans Woman Laxmi Narayan Tripathi Loved at Lakme Fashion Week

Transgender advocate and actress Laxmi Narayan Tripathi graced the runway at India’s Lakme Fashion Week Runway Week 2016.  Tripathi and four others stole the show by promoting the idea that inclusion matters using fashion as a medium. Vagabomb reports: “In its 16th edition, Lakme Fashion Week’s predominant theme – breaking stereotypes – stole the show with its […]

One Indian Trans Beauty Pageant a Protest Against Section 377

One Indian Trans Beauty Pageant a Protest Against Section 377

India’s transgender community isn’t standing idly by as gay and lesbian people suffer under the 2013 Supreme Courts ruling criminalizing same sex relations. The Northeast community has transformed their last beauty pageant into a Protest Against Section 377 This is not the first transgender beauty pageant to be held in the country – the first one […]

Meet India’s 1st trans police officer K. Prithika Yashini

Meet India’s 1st trans police officer K. Prithika Yashini

K Prithika Yashini, 25, is the first transgender person to become a police official in India. A judgement by the Madras High Court on 6 November 2015 directed the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) to appoint K Prithika Yashini as a sub-inspector of police as she is “entitled to get the job”. The […]

Hijras 6 Pack Band Viral Video Hum Hain Happy

Hijras 6 Pack Band Viral Video Hum Hain Happy

Viewed over a half million times the first day released 6 Pack Band’s new video Hum Hain Happy  is single-handedly defeating sorrow worldwide! This groups sensational song could very well be the transgender communities 2016 theme song much like Against Me’s Transgender dysphoria Blues was in 2012 with one critical difference. Just after our performance at […]

Gay Teen, 15, Sets Himself On Fire Following Homophobic Bullying

Gay Teen, 15, Sets Himself On Fire Following Homophobic Bullying

A fifteen year old boy from Agra, India, (who has remained unidentified by the press) set himself on fire this Sunday following homophobic abuse he received from school mates. Reports are saying that the student was discovered being intimate with a fellow male student in a local park, and subsequently received harassment and abuse.  Following […]

The Indian Judiciary casts a strong ray of hope on Trans rights

The Indian Judiciary casts a strong ray of hope on Trans rights

A breath of fresh air permeated through the queer movement in India on the 5th of October, 2015, with the Delhi High Court upholding the right of a transman to exercise his free choice in leading a fulfilling life. The story in short – Shivy (born Shivani Bhat), a 19-year-young transman, had come over from […]

India Responds to Asia Pacific Trans Network’s Request for Educational Materials

India Responds to Asia Pacific Trans Network’s Request for Educational Materials

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network [APTN], a regional trans empowering NGO, is in the process of developing a resource guide about transitioning in the diverse Asia Pacific Region. The [APTN], whose stated mission is “To enable transgender women and men in the Asia and Pacific region to organize and advocate for the improvement of their health, protection of their legal, social […]

Meet Manobi Bandyopadhyay India’s first Transgender College Principal

Meet Manobi Bandyopadhyay India’s first Transgender College Principal

Manobi Bandyopadhyay’s appointment is making sensationalist headlines globally as she becomes India’s first transgender principal, but the real news is how she got to this point. Born before transsexuality was understood or accepted into a family that still rejects her, life was hard. It’s an all too familiar transgender narrative, but she didn’t just persevere […]

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