Parivarthan Charitable Trust will host Parivarthan transgender state-level beauty pageant at Kudmul Ranga Rao Town Hall in the city on October 14.
Speaking to reporters, Trust Founder Violet Pereira said that it is for the first time that transgenders will walk the ramp to win the coveted title. The pageant is hosted jointly by the trust, in association with Fashion ABCD and V4 channel.
She said history was created in India last year in August when India crowned its first transgender beauty queen in Gurgaon, Haryana, wherein 16 would-be queens from across India helped to make history when they competed in the country’s first ever transgender beauty pageant.
Change is taking place in India for the betterment of transgenders. If Reena Rai and people of Gurgaon could do something unique for transgenders, why not Mangalureans? she asked.
The logo of Parivarthan Beauty Pageant was launched on the occasion by Senior Judge and Member Secretary of District Legal Services Authority Mallanna Gowda.
Addressing the gathering, Mallanna Gowda said, “Earlier transgenders were neglected by the society. It is not their mistake that they have become transgenders. In 2014, the Supreme Court passed a
landmark judgment recognising the fundamental and civil rights of transgenders. Transgenders face many sexual health issues and the government has seriously addressed the problems of transgenders. The government has also started separate HIV surveillance centres.”
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