First ever trangender beauty pageant held in India

First ever Indian transgender beauty pageant is held

A transgender beauty pageant has been held in India

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The first-ever transgender beauty pageant in India has been held and the winner was crowned on Sunday (August 27).

The aim of Miss Transqueen India was to celebrate gender fluidity and encourage tolerance of the country's trans community, according to CNN.

Sixteen people took part in the pageant at a hotel in Gurgaon, which is near Delhi. Nitasha Biswas was crowned the winner and now has the chance to represent India in the International Queen pageant.

Despite this, those running the pageant stressed that all those taking part were winners as they understood the struggle participants had gone through for recognition.

This is because many face discrimination, despite a court ruling in 2014 that transgender people have a right to identify in this way.

The pageant was conceived by former business owner Reena Rai after listening to a group of transgender people in India talking about the issues they face.

Rai left her job and spent nine months arranging the pageant, as she said "when straight people like me...actually stand up for the cause and fight for [transgender people], only then the change will come."

The pageant was judged by a panel of 11 including Ms Transsexual Australia and transgender activist Gauri Sawant.