Gauri Sawant

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Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai, India[1]. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS.[2] She was featured in an ad by Vicks.[3][4][5]She was made the goodwill ambassador of Election Commission in Maharashtra.[6]

Early life[edit]

Sawant was born as Ganesh and raised in Pune. Her mother died when she was five years old and she was raised by her grandmother. Her father is a police officer. She left her house at the age of 18 as she didn't want to be a disappointment for her dad.[7]


Gauri founded the Sakshi Char Chowghi Trust in 2000. The NGO promotes safe sex and provides counselling to transgender people.[7] in 2014, she became the first transgender person to file a petition in the Supreme Court of India for adoption rights of transgender people.[8] She was a petitioner in the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) case in which the Supreme Court recognised transgender as the third gender.[1] Gauri adopted a girl named Gayatri in 2008 after Gayatri's mother died of AIDS.[8][9][7][8][10]

Personal life and family[edit]

Gauri has an adopted daughter, who she adopted at the age of 4. Gauri said in an interview that she had adopted her after her biological mother, a sex worker who had died from AIDS, leaving her alone, to be sold in the sex-traficking industry.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2017, Gauri was featured in an ad by Vicks. The ad was part of Vicks' ‘Touch of Care’ campaign and showed the story of Gauri and her adopted daughter.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Gauri Sawant- How I became a Mother - Mumbai Mirror -". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  2. ^ "Here Is The Real Life Story Of Transgender Activist Gauri Sawant Of Groundbreaking Vicks Ad". The Indian Feed. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  3. ^ a b "How Activism, Adoption and an Ad Changed a Trans Woman's Life - The Wire". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  4. ^ "The story of Gauri Sawant - A transgender mother".
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  6. ^ "Maharashtra Transgender Activist Becomes Poll Panel's Goodwill Ambassador". 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  7. ^ a b c "Against All Odds: Activist Gauri Sawant Has Been Fighting For Transgender Rights All Her Life". The Logical Indian. 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  8. ^ a b c "How two mothers came to embrace and accept LGBTQI". The Indian Express. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  9. ^ "The mother who has won India's heart". Rediff. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  10. ^ "Social activist Gauri Sawant to build a foster home for sex workers' children". Mumbai Live. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  11. ^ YouTube- Gauri Suresh Sawant interview, TedX