Discrimination has been a major issue all over the world. It is not so easy to live happily when you are constantly being belittled on the basis of your sexuality. While we may not relate to this, every transgender person has had to face this behaviour from the society. Unlike us, they have to put in extra efforts and hard work in order to be respected. However, everything changes with time. While the taboos in society pushed transgender people down, there were many who rose up through the difficulties to make a name for themselves. As you watch the latest Bengali TV serial Phirki, which follows the life of the titular character who lives with her mother Laxmi, a transgender woman, here is a list of famous people you have to know about. After all, it is all about #SomanSamman.
A professor of Bengali literature, Manabi Bandyopadhyay paved the path towards sexual equality by earning the position of the principal of Krishnanagar Women’s college. She fought against discrimination and gender issues, and used her position to voice the need for strength in the LGBTQ community while being a part of their human rights struggle. She is the author of Ontohin Ontorin Prositovortika, a Bengali novel which went on to become a national bestseller.