Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

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Laxmi at Mumbai Gay Pride 2012

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.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2] She also starred in Sach ka samna,[3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

In Big Boss Tripathi said that she had been in a relationship with a man for two years.[4] She has two adopted children.


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