It has never been an easy deal for the LGBTQ community in our social structure. They face a lack of social acceptance, negligence, and discrimination.
Things have become slightly better but there are a lot of challenges ahead. In order to make things normal, the mindsets of the majority need to be transformed. However, there are people from the LGBTQ community who have made it despite all the odds.
5 Famous People From The LGBTQ Community Who Have Inspiring Journeys
Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist and founder of the NGO Sakhi Char Chowghi. Once known as Ganesh, Gauri lost her mother at a very young age and left home during her teenage years. Presently, she is the goodwill ambassador of the Election Commission in Maharashtra. Gauri is also the mother of her adopted daughter Gaytri.
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
This activist is the first one to represent Asia-Pacific at a United Nations task meeting. She is also a Bharatanatyam dancer and a writer. Laxmi is the first Mahamandaleshwar of the Kinnar Akhara. She is married to Aryan Pasha and has adopted two children. She launched the Indian Super Queen beauty pageant in 2010. Her autobiography titled “Me Hijra, Me Laxmi” was published in 2012.
Anjali Ameer is an Indian film actress who comes from the LGBTQ community. Anjali began her career as a model and left home to pursue her dreams After leaving home, Anjali lived with people of the transgender community in Bengaluru. She got her sex-change surgery at the age of 20. Presently, Anjali is focusing on her modeling and acting career. Her debut film was Peranbu(2018).
One of the most prominent authors, Vikram Seth is best known for his novel ‘A Suitable Boy. Identified as bisexual, he continues to support and promote thoughts of the LGBTQ community with his impactful writings. Vikram was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-largest civilian honor by the Government of India in 2007.
Sprinter and olympian Dutee Chand is also called India’s first openly gay athlete. She is the first Indian Sprinter who made it to the finals of the World Youth Championships in 2013. She won two silver medals in the Asain games in 2018. Despite all the criticism, Chand bravely expresses her views about sexuality.