William & Mary

COLL 300: Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: Activist, performer

Me Hijra, Me Laxmi Poster
Me Hijra, Me Laxmi: Trans Activism and Performance

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, autobiography (Oxford University Press, 2015, paperback, 264 pp.)
  • Red Lipstick: The Men in My Life by Laxmi Tripathi and Pooja Pande (Penguin/Viking, 2016, 220 pp.)
Public Event

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


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.