Queer Ink features an interview with N. Muthukumar, transgender/sexual minority rights activist and founder of Lotus Sangam, a community-based collective in Kumbakonam, South India.
PART 1 of her interview Muthu recounts her journey over the past twenty years of being a community organizer and activist for the rights of sexuality – and gender- minorities.
PART 2: In this segment, Muthu speaks about her identity development on the gender-sexuality landscape, NGO-driven constructs such as MSM, how she identifies variously as Penn-Manam-Konda-Aan (man with the mind of a woman), kothi and transgender.
PART 3: Muthu discusses the relevance of Section 377 and the Supreme Court NALSA verdict in rural Tamil Nadu, and other community priorities.
PART 4: On the need to engage with Panchayat leaders on sexuality issues, and the importance of self-esteem and parental support for queer/trans people.
PART 5: Way forward, including advancing the issues of transmen, women attracted to women, and other relatively invisible segments of the community in rural areas.
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