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Transgender activist Kalki Subramaniam
Transgender activist Kalki makes her political debut in TN

in INDIA, 29/03/2014

Adding a new dimension to her battle in securing her community’s rights, a well known transgender and activist is making her electoral debut in the April 27 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. Activist Kalki Subramaniam, a writer and an actor, would contest from Pollachi, her home town, as an independent.

The transgender recently announced her decision to contest from Villupuram constituency, but since it was a reserved seat, she has opted for Pollachi in Coimbatore District. “Pollachi is my hometown and I know most of the places in my area which need to be developed”, she told PTI.

Subramaniam, who holds a double masters degree in International Relations and Mass Communication, is likely to be one of the few candidates to contest the Lok Sabha elections representing the transgender community. Founder of non-governmental organisation Sahodari Foundation, Subramaniam said she was not happy with any political party and hence was contesting as an independent.

However, she says her aim was not only the welfare of transgender community, but everyone. “I am not willing to say that I will work only for transgenders. When I say that I will work for the welfare of the public, transgenders also come into that fold.”

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