Rose Venkatesan, the first transgender television host in India, announced yesterday she is launching a political party called the Sexual Liberation Party of India.
‘India is a sexually repressed country,’ Venkatesan told IBN Live. ‘Sexual freedom is necessary for everybody. There is a lot of hypocrisy. I want a sexual revolution to happen. There are many laws I want changed.’
Venkatesan party’s policies include employment quotas for women (40%) and openly LGBT people (5%), repealing of all laws restricting sexual freedom of consenting individuals, licensed sex work, designated areas in offices and public spaces for sex and the age of consent to be lowered to 14. ‘I may not be taken seriously but I know I will be a few years from now,’ Venkatesan said.
Venkatesan is a feminist and is organising a Slut Walk in the south-east Indian city of Chennai. ‘Women are taught from birth to not enjoy sex and see it as a means to procreate. I have a long way to go before I change those perceptions,’ she said.
Venkatesan starred in her own talkshow Ippadikku Rose (Yours Truly, Rose) from 2008 to 2009. Since then she’s worked in radio. She says despite her fame she’s been a victim of discrimination at work. ‘Everyone wants to employ a transgender to host their show as media hype. But I have always faced bias while working. I have been in and out of jobs and the going has been really difficult,’ she said.