Me Hijra, Me Laxmi

Paperback | March 5, 2015

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He was born a boy, but never felt like one. What was he then?He felt attracted to boys. What did this make him?He loved to dance. But why did others make fun of him?Battling such emotional turmoil from a very young age, Laxminarayan Tripathi, born in a high-caste Brahman household, felt confused, trapped, and lonely. Slowly, he began wearing women's clothes. Over time, he became bold and assertive about his real sexual identity. Finally, he found his true self- she was Laxmi, a hijra. From numerous love affairs to finding solace by dancing in Mumbai's bars; from being taunted as a homo to being the first Indian hijra to attend the World AIDS Conference in Toronto; from mental and physical abuse to finding a life of grace, dignity, and fame, this autobiography is an extraordinaryjourney of a hijra who fought against tremendous odds for the recognition of hijras and their rights.

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He was born a boy, but never felt like one. What was he then?He felt attracted to boys. What did this make him?He loved to dance. But why did others make fun of him?Battling such emotional turmoil from a very young age, Laxminarayan Tripathi, born in a high-caste Brahman household, felt confused, trapped, and lonely. Slowly, he began w...

Laxmi is a transgender rights activist, Hindi film actor, and Bharatanatyam dancer. She is the Founder of the NGO Astitva, which works towards the support and development of sexual minorities. R. Raj Rao is a novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright, biographer, and queer theorist. He teaches at the Department of English, Univer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 7.87 × 4.92 × 0.07 inPublished:March 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019945826X

ISBN - 13:9780199458264

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R. Raj Rao: AfterwordGlossaryPradeep Patkar: Foreword to the Marathi EditionVaishali Rode: Preface to the Marathi EditionAbout the Translators