Transgender rights in India | Gauri Sawant | TEDxGodaPark

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Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai. She is the director of Sakhi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDSGauri Sawant born Ganesh Sawant adopted her daughter even though it is illegal for transgender people to adopt children. “There’s no gender in being a mother,” she says. Gauri Talks about why it is important to bring about revolution in gender laws in India Born as Ganesh Suresh Sawant, she was born and raised in a conservative family in Pune. At a very early age of 9, after her mother's demise, Gauri realised that she is different from others.Gauri promotes safe sex and provides counselling to transgenders from the Mumbai suburbs. She is also the petitioner of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) judgement that was passed in 2013. Three years after the Supreme Court recognised transgenders as a third gender, her community is still striving for basic civic rights. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at