Rose Venkatesan

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Rose Venkatesan
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Rose on PinkSixty News
Born India Chennai, India
Occupation Talk Show Host, Radio Jockey, Politician
Years active 2008–present

Rose Venkatesan is an Indian talk show host based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She is a trans woman, and has been active in many fields like television and radio.

Personal life[edit]

Rose was born Ramesh Venkatesan.[1] She became aware of her femininity when she was young around five years old[2] and felt uncomfortable being forced to be a boy. She started dressing as a woman when she was in her early twenties.

It took her years to tell her family how she felt, but when she did, they were devastated. Her family even looked at marriage as a possible solution after she returned from the United States until they finally accepted her for who she is, although many in her family are still not willing to accept her gender identity.[3]


She finished her high school in year 1996 in Sri Ramakrishna Mission Hr Sec School (South), Chennai. She studied Mechanical Engineering at Sathyabama Engineering College (currently Sathyabama University), Chennai between 1997 and 2001. She travelled to the United States to study Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University between 2001 and worked as a website designer before returning home to Chennai in 2003.[4][5]



Rose made her television debut in the talk show Ippadikku Rose (English: Yours truly, Rose) which aired on Vijay TV. The show dealt with current affairs touching a wide variety of social issues including traditions, taboos, rebels and culture. The show began in February 2008 and ended in April 2009, with Rose shifting to Kalaignar TV for the show Idhu Rose Neram (English: This is Rose Time) in July 2009.[6]


Having ended her television career in 2010, she became a Radio Jockey at BIG FM 92.7 in June 2011, airing the afternoon show Rosudan Pesungal (English: Talk with Rose) on Weekdays.[7]


In March 2012, she stated that she planned to form a political party, the Sexual Liberation Party of India. She said that the party's goals would be promoting sexual freedom and the rights of women and LGBT people.[8]


She will be making her directorial debut with Cricket Scandal, which also features her in the lead with Kishan as the male lead.[9]


  1. ^ I am a woman within, Times of India
  2. ^ "BBC World Service - Find A Programme - A Transgender Rose". 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ Gentleman, Amelia (2008-02-20). "Tackling a Society’s Boundaries, on TV and in a Family - New York Times". India;Chennai (India): Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Rose Venkatesan". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
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  6. ^ "Rose Venkatesan". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "First transgender RJ on Big FM | Editorial-News". 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Rose Venkatesan, the first transgender to float a political party - India News - IBNLive". 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  9. ^ "Audio Beat: Cricket Scandal - Movie with a message". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2013-09-10. 

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