Mona Varonica Campbell
A plus size transgender model graduated from NIFT with a PHD in her name. She owns a makeup label also.
First transgender judge of Lok Adalat in India. With a degree she was the first transgender to get a voter ID in her district in 2010.
A journalist based in based in Bengaluru who writes on thier rights and is associated with the LGBT rights organisation “Sangama”. Along with them, he also helped iron out the loopholes in the 2015 draft of the Transgender Bill.
First transgender news anchor in India, when she started anchoring a primetime news show for Lotus TV in Tamil Nadu.
LGBT activist and a media professional. He is also a board member of “Queerala”, an LGBT support group based in Kerala.
First openly transgender college principal in the country. She was also the first transgendered person from West Bengal to have a PhD.
Gee Imaan Semmalar
Bengaluru-based writer whose writings have appeared in Dalit Camera, WSQ Women’s Studies Quarterly, OPEN Magazine, and other forums.
Delhi-based lawyer who works with MARG, working for legal empowerment of the LGBT community. He is also working on a petition for gender-neutral laws in India, among many other things.
Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi
A trans right activist, who fought for India to recognise a third gender, giving many citizens the choice to identify as neither male nor female. She has also actively fought to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The author of books Unarvum Uruvamum and The Truth About Me. In fact, the latter has been included in the syllabus for third gender literature at the American College of Madurai.
The first trans woman to get elected mayor in the state of Chattisgarh. The then-35-year-old won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP’s Mahaveer Guruji.
She was propelled to fame when she was announced as the first transgender actress to work in a mainstream film, with Malayalam actor Mammootty playing the male lead.
Living Smile Vidya
She is an actor and writer from Chennai. She was the subject of the award-winning Kannada documentary Naanu Avanalla…Avalu, based on her autobiography of the same name. The autobiography, Naan Saravanan Illai, Vidya was first written in Tamil, and later translated in seven languages.
A trans rights activist and has led the way by being a successful entrepreneur. She was the first trans woman to star as a lead in an Indian movie. She runs an NGO called Sahodari Foundation which works for the welfare of the trans/intersex community.
Satya Rai Nagpaul
A cinematographer by profession, Nagpaul has spent years as a gender activist with his organisation Sampoorna, a network of trans and intersex Indians.
Khurai opened the first beauty salon run by a trans woman in Manipur, thus leading the way for many others to open up their own salons across the state. After she shut her salon in 2010, she led the All Manipur NupiMaanbi Association (AMANA), a coalition working towards raising awareness of the rights of the transgender community.