Photos From India’s Crowning Of Its First Transgender Beauty Queen

Here are photos from Miss Transqueen India, where 16 would-be beauty queens from across India helped to make history when they competed in the country’s first ever transgender beauty pageant.

The Miss Transqueen India aimed to celebrate gender fluidity and enhance the profile of India’s trans community, where the winner was being presented with an opportunity to represent India at the International Queen pageant in Thailand in March 2018, was overseen by an 11-person judging panel, consisting of Ms. Transsexual Australia and long-time transgender activist Gauri Sawant, who declared 26-year-old Kolkata-based Nitasha Biswas as India’s very first “Trans Queen.”

It was gathered that though the audience at the event was small, it was supportive as it was made up of many friends of the contestants and members of the LGBT community in Delhi.

Recall that in 2014, India’s supreme court legally gave transgender people the right to identify as a third gender, though many in the trans community continue to face discrimination in everyday life.

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