This week on Friendly Fridays we have with us the extremely popular and intelligent Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi, India’s Transgender activist.
She proudly admits that their’s is probably the only community where there are no distinctions made on the basis of caste, colour or gender.
She is the first transgender person to represent Asia Pacific in the UN in 2008. At the assembly, she spoke on the plight of sexual minorities. This she says has been the most prestigious moment of her life.
Let’s start our rendezvous with her.
Team ED: Three words that describe you?
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: Love, Love and Compassion, oh not compassion, just Love. What compassion, I am not Rama. It’s all about love baby, (smiles).
Team ED: A quote that describes you best?
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: I shall perish, not my name, it shall be carved in the marbles to be remembered, I not the crowd, I am a face in the crowd.
Team ED: How do you feel about the integration of the third gender in Delhi University college admission forms?
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: It gives me immense pleasure, I myself was a part of the panel. I totally respect UGC for the thoughtful process of getting it on board in mainstream colleges and universities.
Team ED: What has being a transgender taught you?
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: I have learnt that I enjoy being who I am. I have the best of both the worlds, of man and woman and still I am different.
Team ED: We were talking to Sushant Divgikar, he said that in India we tend to focus on the L and the G out of LGBT, what do you have to say about that?
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: Sushant, my son, I agree with him, since I feel that in our country if we want to be heard, we need to shout and scream to get focus and to get rights for our community.
Team ED: What does dancing mean to you?
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: For me dancing is like forgetting the world, going in complete trance.
A Trans going into Trance. #TransSwag
Thank you for your time Laxmi, we enjoyed every moment of this chat with you.
Stay tuned for more fun interviews. See you next week.
Interview conceptualised by Pratishtha Mahajan