Trust Kerala to set great examples of fighting against discrimination time and time again! It was just recently that Kochi Metro recruited 23 transgenders becoming the first government owned company to do so. And now, this city in Kerala, is all set to host the state’s first ever transgender beauty pageant on June 15. The beauty pageant is being organised by Dhyawah Arts and Cultural Society, a transgender association in Kerala. The pageant is being organised to fight against discrimination and harassment and make the society more inclusive for transgenders.
The pageant auditions were conducted recently in Kozhikode and 15 and 11 contestants were selected from Kochi and Malabar region respectively. Out of these 26 contestants, 15 will be chosen for a two-day grooming session for the finale and finally one of the contestants will be crowned as ‘Queen of Dhyawah 2017.’
Interestingly, while this is Kerela’s first ever transgender beauty pageant, it is certainly not India’s first. The first transgender beauty pageant ‘Indian Super Queen Pageant’ was held in 2010 and was organised by transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi.