It is not easy to face the world when you are constantly being looked down upon for your sexuality. Almost every other transgender person has to face the abusive behaviour in the society they live in. To make their lives better and to make a mark with this identity, they have to take the tough path.
1.Sathyasri Sharmila: India’s first transgender lawyer
Sathyasri Sharmila recently became India’s first transgender lawyer.
She is 36 years old. Shunning the stereotypical mindset behind, she set an example by pursuing law so that she can fight against the injustice. Despite coming from Tamil Nadu, a state which has been securing highest literacy rank, she became subject to torture abuse on the account of her gender.
2. Manabi Bandopadhyay: India’s first transgender college pricipal
Mana Bandopadhyay is the professor and first transgender person in India who has completed Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Bandyopadhyay was associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya and took charge as principal of Krishnagar Women’s College on 7 June 2015.
Earlier, she had taught as an associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya.
3. Prithika Yashini: India’s first transgender police officer
Prithika Yashini became the first transgender woman to be a police officer in India. She became the first transgender woman sub-inspector in Tamil Nadu, India. she was declared failed by one mark. Nonetheless, she got her score re-evaluated in the physical examination and came out clear with flying colours.
4. Shabi: India’s first transgender solider
Shabi, who was born as a male and known as MK Giri, told ANI in an interview that when the (navy) found out about her sex reassignment surgery, no one had objected or discriminated her. Shabi joined Marine Engineering Department of the Eastern Naval Command around eight years ago. However, she underwent the sex reassignment surgery in 2016 in Delhi. After the surgery she joined the naval base in Vishakhapatnam.
5. Joyita Mondal: India’s first transgender jugde
Joyita Mondal is the first Bengali Transwoman judge of a Lok Adalat and a social worker from West Bengal, India. At an age of 29, Joyita Mondal became the first judge as she was appointed at Lok Adalat in north Bengal in October 2017. Mondal is a member of the transgender community and used to work for the welfare and development of the community. In 2015, Mondal was involved with others in setting up a home for older people who were HIV positive and forming patients’ welfare committees.
6. Jiya Das: India’s first transgender medical assistant
Kolkata’s Jiya Das became the first transgender operation theatre or OT technician. Earlier, Jiya had even danced on a gun point in Uttar Pradesh. Jiya had to fight adversity right from the beginning she worked as a dancer, to support her family of four after her father had to undergo heart surgery. She toured the interiors of Bihar with a dance troupe and was left very vulnerable after the tour.
7. Mumtaz: India’s first transgender person to contest elections
Mumtaz is the first transgender who came out to contest elections in Punjab from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Mumtaz is also a social worker. Mumtaz contested elections from the Bhucho Mandi constituency. She has been working with BSP for over 11 years.
8. Shabnam Mausi: India’s first transgender who become an MLA
Shabnam Mausi born as a transgender, Shabnam Mausi has taken a tough road in life.She contested elections from Sohagpur constituency in district Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh.As she was not supported by her family, she wasn’t able to attend school, yet she learnt almost 12 different languages.
Shabnam Mausi is the first transgender Indian to be elected to public office (MLA). She was an elected member of the Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly from 1998 to 2003.