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comment Laxmi Narayan Tripathi speaks about “Bigg Boss” experience and transgender rights

Voicing out Seema Biswas and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
Voicing out Seema Biswas and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Recently in news for participating in Bigg Boss, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is a transgender activist of international repute. Laxmi is the only transgender in the UN's Civil Society Task Force on HIV/AIDS. Having done reality shows like Sach Ka Saamna , Raaz Pichle Janam Ka , Laxmi has become the voice of transgender people in the popular media.

Excerpts:

What was your purpose doing “Big Boss”?

I wanted to show the world and Indian society in general, that when a certain transgender like me, can live, not merely stay, with so many different celebrities, with love and compassion, being a part of such a big reality show, how different is that from living in harmony with the society? Give us love, and we shall give ten times love back to you. This is essentially what I wanted to prove.

How was the entire “Big Boss” experience?

Those were some of the best days of my life. Everyone showered me with love and blessings, inside the Big Boss house. Society never gave me so much love, not that I have any hard feelings or anything, but now I have a son in Amar, a daughter in Vida, a sister in Mahek, friends in Pooja and Shonali. I couldn't have asked for more!

What about transgender rights in India?

I am actually planning to lodge a petition in Supreme Court, regarding the constitutional rights of transgenders, hopefully, by January.

How different is it in India from the West?

There is no comparison whatsoever. I mean, transgender people in the West are treated as an essential part of society. They are given equal respect, they are not treated like some abnormal people. On the other hand, here we have no opportunities, no laws to back us.

Surabhi Singh

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