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15 Most Inspiring Personalities Of The LGBT Community

"When I first saw her, she scared me. But, as she started talking to me I realised she was a normal human being like you and I. Her appearance was like that of a man, but she dressed like a woman. Her voice was like that of a man, but she walked like a woman." This was my first encounter with a transgender whom I met at a railway station long back. We often regard them as LUCKY, but there are many challenges that people from LGBT community face each day. Come, let's read about some of the most inspiring people who tried to break the stereotype and became an inspiration for all of us. 

1. Manabi Bandyopadhyay

Did you know professor Manabi is the first transgender to complete her PhD in India? She took charge as the principal of Krishnagar Women's College in June 2015. That's not all, Manabi is the first open transgender college principal.

2. Satya Rai Nagpaul

Satya Rai Nagpaul is an Indian cinematographer and gender activist. Satya works for the welfare and betterment of the people of his community via a network named 'Sampoorna'.

3. Anjali Ameer 

Anjali is a transsexual artist who is the first one to play a female lead role in a film. Anjali starred opposite none other than Malayalam superstar Mammootty. The actress also underwent a sex change surgery when she was twenty years of age. 

4. Vihaan Peethambar

Vihaan is an activist and media professional. He shot to fame last year as India's Transman. 

“Some men are born in their bodies, others have to fight for it. I fought, I won," Vihaan had declared on his profile.

5. Padmini Prakash 

Padmini is the first Indian transgender to anchor a news show on the television. 

6. Aryan Pasha

Aryan was born as a girl, but when he discovered who he actually wanted to be, there was no looking back. At the age of eighteen, he got two surgeries and changed himself completely. By profession, he is a lawyer and is working for the welfare of people of his community.  

7. Mona Varonica Campbell

Mona is India's only plus-size model who is a transgender. At the age of 16, Mona came to know who she actually was. Mona graduated from NIFT University, got a Ph.D., and even opened her own makeup label. Mona also walked at the Lakme Fashion Week 2017 as the showstopper for designer Wendell Rodricks. 

8. Dr Kalki Subramaniam

Kalki Subramaniam is a transgender rights activist, writer, and entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu. She has also starred in a film Narthagi. In 2014, she was chosen by Facebook as one of the 12 inspiring women of the world who used Facebook for community development. 

9. Christy Raj 

When Christy was 17 years of age, she discussed what she wanted for herself with her family but they disowned her at the mere thought of it. Today, she is a journalist and she fights for the rights of many like her in her community. 

10. Santa Khurai 

Khurai is Manipur's most noteworthy activist for the transgender community. Her work has inspired and created a difference for people of that region. Santa Khurai is working for the greater good of people of her community with the help of All Manipuri Nupi Maanbi Association (AMANA).

11. Living Smile Vidya 

Living Smile Vidya, or Smiley, is a transwoman who is also an assistant director and writer from Chennai. There has been a film based on her life in the Kannada film industry. Her autobiography 'I Am Vidya' was written in Tamil, and translated into seven languages. 

12. Madhu Kinnar 

Madhu is the first transgender mayor. She was previously known as Naresh Chauhan, but now she has created an identity of her own where she needs no introduction and explanation of who she is. She has also won the elections for Raigarh Municipal Corporation. 

13. A. Revathi

She is a writer by profession and also an activist who works for the rights of sexual minorities. Revathi published her first book in Tamil called Unarvum Uruvamum (Feelings of the Entire Body), which is a collection of real-life stories of the people belonging to the Hijra community. 

14. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

She is a human rights activist, dancer, and Bharatanatyam dancer. She is first transgender to represent the Asia Pacific in the UN in 2008. Laxmi has also starred in various TV shows including Bigg Boss. 

15. Gee Imaan Semmalar 

Gee Imaan is a writer who writes for various blogs and magazines. Gee's surgery failed miserably, but his spirit didn't. He used his words, i.e., his blog to spread awareness about the issue and is an inspiration for most of us today. That's all, people. Share what you think about these inspirational personalities in the comment section below. You can also write to me at muskan@wittyfeed.com