5 Transgender People Who Overcame All Odds To Achieve Success Like In Phirki

Identifying out of the norm in society comes with a set of tough challenges. We honour five people who beat the odds to make it.

1. Sathyasri Sharmila

Sathyasri Sharmila
Sathyasri Sharmila

Most of the time, if one identifies with a gender that is not limited to the binary cisgendered kind, it is frowned upon by society as if it was a ‘choice’ one can help and not really accepted as ‘normal’. Just imagine the daily struggles of being transgendered in that case! Often ostracised or banished from their communities, transgendered people have to overcome several extreme hurdles to make their place in life. Today, we look at five such inspiring people who managed to do just this, like Laxmi from the hit Bengali TV serial Phirki which explores this very aspect and highlights the importance of #SomanSamman or equal respect towards all. Watch it below.

Sathyasri Sharmila, 36, from Tamil Nadu, recently became the first member of the transgender community to successfully become a lawyer. This didn’t happen easily however, and she has had to face severe discrimination and torture on account of her gender.

2. Joyita Mondal

Joyita Mondal

Joyita Mondal from North Bengal, who was pursuing law, became the country’s first transgendered judge at 29 years of age! Hats off to her and let justice prevail, we say.

3. Prithika Yashini

Prithika Yashini
Prithika Yashini

Prithika Yashini became the first transgendered police officer, and has an interesting story. She was declared failed by one mark in her examination for sub-inspector, but when she submitted it for re-evaluation, it was clear she had actually passed with flying colours!

4. Manabi Bandopadhyay

Manabi-Bandyopadhyay
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Manabi Bandopadhyay, a charismatic and highly qualified academician, became the first transgender college principal in 2015, at Krishnagar Women’s College. She is a professor and holds a PhD, and has previously taught Bengali in Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya.

5. Shabnam Mausi

Shabnam mausii
Shabnam Mausi

The first transgendered person to become an MLA, Shabnam Mausi from Madhya Pradesh contested elections from Sohagpur constituency in the Shahdol district of the state. Her family did not support her and she was not able to attend school. Despite this, she managed to learn almost 12 different languages! By no means is that a small feat for anyone at all.

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