Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi (known as Laxmi, sometimes transliterated as Lakshmi) is a transgender rights activist, Hindi film actress and Bharatanatyam dancer in Mumbai, India. She was born in 1979 in Thane. Laxmi is a hijra. She is the first transgender person to represent Asia Pacific in the UN.
Laxmi has served on the boards of several NGOs which conduct LGBT activist work. In 2002 she became president of the NGO DAI Welfare Society, the first registered and working organization for eunuchs in South Asia.
In popular culture
Laxmi frequently gives interviews and otherwise represents the LGBT community in popular media. Laxmi has starred in several TV shows. She was a participant in the Indian television show Bigg Boss (season 5). She was evicted after six weeks. She also starred in Sach ka samna, 10 Ka Dum and Raaz Pichle Janam ka.
Tripathi is featured in Project Bolo, a documentary series about LGBT Indians that has been released on DVD.
In 2011 Laxmi starred in Queens! Destiny of Dance, an award-winning Bollywood movie about hijras that garnered rave reviews.
In Big Boss Tripathi said that she had been in a relationship with a man for two years. She has two adopted children.
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