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Thursday, 21 December 2017

List of notable Indian LGBT rights activists (Updated December 2017)



Manabi Bandyopadhyay
India's first openly transgender college principal and first transgender person to hold a PhD

Grace Banu
Dalit activist


Vinay Chandran
Gay and human rights activist


Bobby Darling
Transsexual actress


Tista Das
Transsexual activist


Sushant Divgikar
Mr. India Gay 2014


Pablo Ganguli
Cultural entrepreneur, artist, director and impresario


Rituparno Ghosh
Popular film maker, winner of 11 Indian National Film Awards


Anjali Gopalan
Human rights activist


Andrew Harvey
Author, religious scholar and teacher of mystic traditions


Harish Iyer
Activist, columnist and blogger


Celina Jaitley
Miss India 2001


Firdaus Kanga
Writer and actor


Karpaga
First trans person in India to perform a leading role in a mainstream movie


Saleem Kidwai
Writer


Agniva Lahiri
Social activist (PLUS Kolkata)


Nolan Lewis
Mr. India Gay 2013

Leena Manimekalai
Poet, writer and film maker


Shabnam Mausi
First openly trans person to participate in Indian elections


Hoshang Merchant
Teacher, poet and critic


Ismail Merchant
Film producer and director


Raul Patil
Mr. India Gay 2011


Zoltan ParagMr. India Gay 2008


Onir
Award-winning film director


Sridhar RangayanFilm maker, and founder and festival director of Kasish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival


R. Raj RaoWriter, professor of literature

A. RevathiActor, artist, writer and theater activist

Wendell RodricksFashion designer and choreographer


Ashok Row KaviFounder of Humsafur Trust

Aishwarya Rutuparna PradhanFirst openly transgender civil servant, Odisha Financial Services officer
Nishit SaranFilmmaker and gay rights activist

Vikram SethWriter

Parvez SharmaWriter and documentary filmmaker


Gopi Shankar MaduraiGenderqueer activist, recipient of the Commonwealth Youth Worker Asia Finalist Award and founder of Srishti Madurai

Manvendra Singh GohilHereditary Prince of Rajpipla

Ramchandra SirasLinguist and author


Living Smile VidyaActor, artist, writer, and theater activist


Kalki SubramaniamTrans activist, actor, artist, writer and founder of Sahodari Foundation


Manil SuriIndian-American mathematician and writer


S. SwapnaFirst transwoman to clear Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission exam and first transgender I.A.S aspirant.


Laxmi Narayan TripathiTrans activist


Ruth VanitaWriter and academician


Rose VenkatesanFirst trans TV host in India

Riyad Vinci WadiaFilm maker


Simran Shaikh
Trans Activists, Noted for HIV / AIDS awareness on national level for Trans and MSM community.

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