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COLL 300: Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Me Hijra, Me Laxmi: Trans Activism and Performance

{{youtube:large|j0RqiH1Kw4Y, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi's performance and conversation on September 13, 2017}}

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi combines live performance, personal stories, and historical perspectives at the intersections of gender, sexualities, class/caste, creeds and South Asian cultures. An advocate for hijra [trans*] rights, she was the plaintiff in litigation winning legal recognition of a "third gender" from the India Supreme Court in 2014. She has also worked to broaden gender definitions at the United Nations and other global forums on HIV/AIDS.

For more information:

Me Hijra, Me Laxmi Poster
  • Me Hijra, Me Laxmi, autobiography (Oxford University Press, 2015, paperback, 264 pp.)
  • One of three hijra featured in Between the Lines: India's Third Gender, a documentary film directed by Thomas Wartmann (Germany, 2015, 94 mins.)
  • Featured in Queens! Destiny of Dance, an award-winning Bollywood movie about hijras directed by David Atkins (Miraj Entertainment, 2011, 112 mins.)
  • Featured in Project Bolo [Project Speak Up], a documentary series about LGBT Indians (Solaris Pictures, 2011, 32 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEW_OCpNL3k
  • TEDxMumbai: Lakshmi Tripathi (video, April 3, 2010, 22 mins.) Describing problems she faced in her journey of self-discovery to social acceptance to becoming the first transgender person to represent the Asia Pacific region at the United Nations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhQTBRQlapw
  • Red Lipstick: The Men in My Life by Laxmi Tripathi and Pooja Pande (Penguin/Viking, 2016, 220 pp.)
Sponsored by:
  • Center for the Liberal Arts
  • Dean’s Office, Arts & Sciences
  • Reves Center for International Studies
  • Department of Theatre, Speech, & Dance
  • Program in Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies
  • Program in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Program in Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies
Theme for Fall 2017

IN / EXclusion  The processes of inclusion and exclusion involve both human and natural forms of curation. Who or what gains full or partial participation, or none? At the human level, consider excommunication and ecumenicalisms, outcasts and elites, the intellectual and creative margins and accepted canons. In the physical world, a foreign body enclosed in a mass, an inert or incendiary combination of elements. In architectural design, theories and policies of walls.