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When Lakme Fashion Week Saw Its First Transgender Model Media, Entertainment, & Sports 

When Lakme Fashion Week Saw Its First Transgender Model

Gender identity, much like sexual orientation (or sexual identity), is still something that remains obscure; obscure not in the means of how we choose it, but how we tend to accept it. Various scenarios over time have shown that our society can be progressive, but some have proved just the…

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Colonel Barker – The First Recorded Transgender Male in the West History & Culture 

Colonel Barker – The First Recorded Transgender Male in the West

Colonel Barker seemingly had it all. A dashing personality that oozed panache, good breeding, impeccable manners, and was well respected in the community. Employed in the British fascist group “National Fascisti,” he even trained fascist teenage boys in boxing and fencing. But Colonel Barker’s most intriguing feature was the darker secrets that…

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The Slow Upliftment of Transgenders in India – and Why It’s Taking So Damned Long! History & Culture 

The Slow Upliftment of Transgenders in India – and Why It’s Taking So Damned Long!

Transgenders have always been very much a part of Indian society since ancient times. Ancient epics like the “Mahabaratha,” which were written a few thousand years ago, reveal transgenders playing prominent roles in politics and directing their outcomes. Yet, today, they are all but ostracised by society, and are invariably forced to resort to begging and prostitution…

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The Transgender Streetwalkers of India History & Culture 

The Transgender Streetwalkers of India

Around midnight in Chennai – and unlike many other big metropolises, this city does sleep, quite soundly, in fact – when one drives through the city, they cannot help thinking of the irony in what they see. The parts considered the most “dignified” during the day – the Secretariat, the…

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