Delhi to host transgender beauty contest on August 27

The competition is being organized by a social group namely Suhani Dreamcatchers along with other members of the transgender community.

Published: 22nd August 2017 08:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2017 08:35 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Taking a step forward for the transgender community of the country, the national capital is going to host ‘Miss Trans-queen India 2017’ for the first time. The beauty pageant contest is scheduled for 27th August in which more than 16 contestants will participate.

The competition is being organized by a social group namely Suhani Dreamcatchers along with other members from the community who are contributing with awareness campaigns to make the event grab as many eyeballs possible.  

“Transgender people are often self-stigmatised and lack confidence to pursue any career that they choose to. We want to change this. As a society we should respect the transgender people and get respectable mainstream work in fashion, films and similar avenues” said Reena Rai heading the group.    

After the competition on Sunday one of the three participants selected will represent India at Miss International Trans-queen at Thailand , which will be held in May next year.  

“When I was 13 years I felt some change in myself, I started playing with girls for which my father beaten me very much that I fell ill for two days but my mother accepted me took care of me, provided me education. I just want to prove to the nation that I am proud of myself I will show the world as what I am” excitedly said Thoibi from Manipur who was named Nelson by her parents.

Helping the group in guiding the participants prepare for the international stage will be Laeticia Phylliscia who is the current Miss Transsexual Australia International 2017.    

Nikkita Mehta who is a sex worker believes that help from parents if utmost importance and others in the community should “I always wanted to become an artist but my parents never supported me. They started treating me like I am a burden on them. I come from tribal community where people do not even understand what we are rather discriminating us .My life here is very horror, I would not have come to this profession if my parents would have supported me. But through this platform I will prove myself that yes I have talent. Please accept us, don’t bully us, tease us harass us.”

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