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India: Transgender leader a star at massive festival

India: Transgender leader a star at massive festival

(Reuters) – In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader, and a former reality TV star, has become an unlikely icon at India’s Kumbh Mela, […]

India: First Transgender Taxi Driver, And She Gets 5 Stars!

India: First Transgender Taxi Driver, And She Gets 5 Stars!

Lipstick in hand and phone at the ready, Meghna Sahoo darkens her eyes with kohl, combs her long, black hair and adjusts a dupatta scarf so she is primed for her first client of the day. Heralded as India’s first transgender cab driver, Sahoo drives in the eastern coastal state of Odisha, breaking into a […]

Pakistan: Transgender rights law – a ‘battle half won’

Pakistan: Transgender rights law – a ‘battle half won’

Bindya Rana wipes away tears of joy as she recalls her long battle to have the rights of Pakistan’s transgender community formally recognised in law. “I feel as if an orphan has finally now found shelter,” Rana, a 50-year-old transgender woman, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation after Pakistan’s parliament approved the landmark bill earlier this […]

Watch: LGBT News Round-Up (22/7/14)

PinkSixty News‘ Colin Fallesen presents today’s 60-second LGBT news report from London, featuring American politics, the Indian government’s labelling hijras, a new Scottish LGBT news website launch and Benedict Cumberbatch starring in The Imitation Game, opening this year’s BFI Flame, the London LGBT film festival.

Watch: Innovative Indian Road Safety Ad Featuring Trans Demonstrators

Members of the transgender community in India, known better in the country as hijras, have taken part in an innovative advert in a campaign for drivers to wear safety beats while on the road.