Kerala elections: Transgenders vote for the first time

In a historic moment for the transgender community in Kerala, two persons of the 'third gender' voted in the assembly elections on Monday.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:May 16, 2016 8:03 pm
Kerala polls, Kerala, kerala elections, kerala voting, Transgender, Kerala Transgenders, Kerala elections 2016, Kerala election news, election news, india news Surya, a transgender shows and voter ID and finger after casting vote for the first time in a booth in Thiruvananthapuram during the assembly elections on Monday. (PTI Photo)

In a historic moment for the transgender community in Kerala, two persons of the ‘third gender’ voted in the assembly elections on Monday.

Surya, a mimicry artist and Suji, the only two to be listed as ‘third gender’ in the state electoral roll, said this was an exciting moment for them as the society has acknowledged their community.

This is the first time that third gender figures in the state electoral roll.

Hailing from the state capital, Surya, a known mimicry artist in comedy shows in television channels, exercised her franchise at a booth in Vattiyoorkkavu constituency here while Suji voted in Nattika in Thrissur.

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Expressing happiness over it, Surya, once a man who underwent a sex-change surgery and became a woman a year ago, said it was significant moment not only for her but also for every transgender in the state.

“I am extremely happy. I consider my vote as a proof for the society’s recognition of the transgender society,” she told reporters.
She also expressed hope that more transgenders would come out and obtain their voter’s identity cards to exercise their voting rights in the coming elections.

“I am excited to cast vote as a third gender,” Suji said.

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