LAXMI NARAYAN TRIPATHI
Now Archarya Maha Mandaleshwar, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi of Kinnar Akhada is a renown Kinnar/hijra social activist, dancer, actress and celebrity. She was the first transgender person to represent Asia-Pacific in the UN President’s Office Civil Society Task Force on HIV/AIDS. She is also the Founder and Co-Founder member of Maharashtra Trithiya Panthi Sangatana – MTPS and APTN – Asia Pacific Transgender Network, respectively. Laxmi’s aim is to bring about the recognition of human rights of sexual minorities, especially transgender persons, and people living with HIV/AIDS. She was impleader in the recent path breaking Supreme Court case of India and subsequent judgement on upholding rights of hijras and transgenders in India. She was also the intervener in the NALSA Petition filed for Transgender Rights and recognition in Supreme Court of India Judgement in April 2014 . She was a part of the steering core committee set by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for Transgender Rights and upliftment and a core member on the UGC committee set for Right of Education of Transgender person. Her work and personality were an inspiration for numerous literary, cinematographic and photographic enterprises. Her Book ‘Me Hijra Me Laxmi’ gives an insight of her life. Her second book Red Lipstick – Men In My Life talks about her uncensored encounters with the men in her life.