At the final event, 16 contestants hailing from different states will compete to win the Miss Transqueen India title. Like any other beauty pageant, the contestants will go through various rounds and be shortlisted. Interestingly, the pageant doesn’t have an age bar.
The promised empowerment of trans people cannot come in a scenario, where a funder-driven NGO network plays middle-man, and the government refuses to reimagine foundational concepts of gender and sex.
Santa Khurai’s strength now is far removed from the fears that haunted her as a child growing up in a conservative family. Born in Imphal, Khurai says she always had “a sense of who I am and I never identified myself as a boy. Always as a girl.”
A government panel has recognised a trans person’s right to civil union; a university has waived fees for the community. Can these measures lead to empowerment? A trans woman employed by the Kochi Metro talks about a new world, and the old one that still drags her down.
University spaces aren’t welcoming of transgender students.
Navya Singh and Saiba Ansari were both born male, but they identified being women more than anything. After a hard life, the two friends are now preparing for the final round of India’s first trans-woman beauty pageant.
Khilauna (Toy) was a journal that was first published 1927. It regularly featured a column dedicated to voicing anti-colonial ideology called, Desh ki Baat. It also carried poems that glorified and valourised battles and fighting for one’s nation.
We will be back with more around these and other intersections with gender soon. It is necessarily an incremental process, and this is where we look to you for suggestions and guidance.
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