Sumit’s journey to meet himself
, , and • Rohtak, Haryana

Sumit’s journey to meet himself

Sexual and gender-based violence can manifest in many forms. From familial resistance to endless medico-legal red tape, Sumit has traversed an arduous journey to reclaim his gender identity, and he has miles to go

April 9, 2024 | Ekta Sonawane
‘Everyone accepts me the way I am’
and • Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu

'Everyone accepts me the way I am'

Thulasi is from the Irular community and a member of the thirunangai community of trans gender people. A single parent, she supports herself with daily wage work, participating in temple rituals and passing on herbal remedies. On March 31, a story for International Day of Transgender Visibility

March 31, 2024 | Smitha Tumuluru

Everyday lives of queer people in rural India

In Pride month, PARI Library spotlights the voices and data around the queer community who live away from big metros and cities, and face social exclusion in their personal and professional lives

June 27, 2023 | PARI Library

In Dharmshala: marching with pride
, , and • Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

In Dharmshala: marching with pride

Himachal Pradesh's Pride march advocated for the rights of the queer community, drawing many from villages and small towns in the state

June 7, 2023 | Sweta Daga

Unveiled: theatre of the trans community
, and • Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Unveiled: theatre of the trans community

Trans people rarely get a chance to perform theatre. On International Transgender Day of Visibility, held on March 31, a photo story on Sandakaranga – a play about the lives of the transgender community and their struggles against discrimination

March 31, 2023 | M. Palani Kumar

Love and a place of one’s own in a metropolis

A young woman and a trans man from rural Maharashtra tell their story of love that is marked by strife and struggle for social acceptance, justice, a sense of identity and a future together

January 4, 2023 | Aakanksha

‘I never got the chance to play for India again’

West Bengal's Boni Paul was stopped from playing international football due to his intersex variations. On April 22, National Intersex Human Rights Day, he speaks about his identity and recounts his struggles

April 22, 2022 | Riya Behl

Trans artists in Madurai: bullied, isolated, broke

Harassed, shunned by family, losing livelihoods – trans folk in Tamil Nadu are seeing the worst of times

July 29, 2021 | S. Senthalir

In Madurai: the trauma of trans folk artists

While the pandemic has devastated many folk artists across Tamil Nadu, trans women performers have been among the worst hit – with barely any work or income, and no access to aid or state benefits

July 27, 2021 | S. Senthalir

‘People stare at us as if we are evil spirits’

Transgender persons in Ichalkaranji town face discrimination everywhere – at home, in school, in housing, on the street. They struggle to be seen as ordinary people and to find work with some degree of dignity

August 8, 2018 | Minaj Latkar
Performing Ramkatha in a changed Ayodhya
and • Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Performing Ramkatha in a changed Ayodhya

During the Dussehra month, the ragtag Ramkatha Singing Party dashes off from stage to stage, before returning to their day jobs, even as the retelling of the epic is engulfed by contemporary politics

October 19, 2018 | Joydip Mitra
'Someday we will be accepted'
• Viluppuram district, Tamil Nadu

'Someday we will be accepted'

The Koovagam festival in Tamil Nadu, which ends on April 25 this year, draws many transgender persons. They come here to sing, dance, cry and pray – but mostly, to be themselves without fear of ostracism

April 23, 2018 | Ritayan Mukherjee