Me Hijra, Me Laxmi by Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

With a PG degree in Bharatanatyam, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has starred in shows like “Bigg Boss” and “Sach Ka Saamna”. She is a transgender rights activist and currently runs Astitva, but she says that it was dance that helped her to feel like she belonged in mainstream society. “Me Hijra, Me Laxmi” is her autobiography, which was released in English and was translated by R. Raj Rao and P. G. Joshi. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi was the first transgender person to represent the Asia Pacific region at the UN, and she also represented the transgender community and India at several international forums, including the World AIDS conference in Toronto, Canada.

“Me Hijra Me Laxmi” is about her suffering of becoming a hijra by choice, and her following journey of battling for her community’s recognition despite incredible odds. She expresses profound gratitude to her parents, who accepted her, and says, “I am a hijra and have ….. continue reading

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