Making History: Madhu Kinnar Just Became India’s First Transgender Mayor

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"only 60,0000- 70,0000 of the overall earnings on the campaign.”
“People of Raigarh were fed up with the corruption of BJP, hence they voted for Madhu.”
“BJP’s loss, not Madhu’s win.”

True as that might be, this is still a major milestone in our country’s colourful political history and not one that should be taken lightly. It depicts a clear widening of perspectives as far as voters’ mentality goes and the small city of Raigarh has become a key stepping stone in the LGBT community’s fight for equality. Raigarh’s new mayor believes this too. Post winning the election Kinnar was immensely grateful to those who supported her. “People have shown faith in me. I consider this win as the love and blessings of people for me and i’ll out in my best efforts to accomplish their dreams.” 

Words: Mandovi Menon

[If you liked this story, and are a supporter of transgender rights, be sure to check out Candace Feit's stunning photo documentation of Tamil Nadu's Transgender community.]

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