Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
Transgender Rights Activist

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
Transgender Rights Activist

Transgender Rights Activist

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi (known as Laxmi, sometimes transliterated as Lakshmi) is a transgender rights activist, Hindi film actor and Bharatanatyam dancer in Mumbai, India. She was born in 1979 in Thane. Laxmi is a hijra. She is the first transgender person to represent Asia Pacific in the UN in 2008. At the assembly, she spoke of the plight of sexual minorities. “People should be more human like. They should respect us as humans and consider our rights as transgenders,” she said. She was a contestant on the popular reality show Bigg Boss in 2011.

 

Laxmi has served on the boards of several NGOs which conduct LGBT activist work.[4] In 2002 she became president of the NGO DAI Welfare Society, the first registered and working organization for eunuchs in South Asia. In 2007 she started her own organization, Astitiva. This organization works to promote the welfare of sexual minorities, their support and development.

 

Soon after she left India for the first time and headed to TorontoCanada for Asia Pacific sex workers network. Her passport stated that she was a female, transgender and eunuch.