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PHOTOS: India’s first transgender beauty pageant

PHOTOS: India’s first transgender beauty pageant

Queen of Dhwayah 2017 was the first trans beauty pageant in India.

India’s first trans beauty pageant was a massive success in the south-western state Kerala.

Shyama was named Queen of Dhwayah 2017 beating fourteen other finalists. The three fashion rounds of the pageant were; Kerala ethnic, designer sari and gown.

The round of questions for the six finalists included asking what gender would they prefer if they adopted a child.

‘Compared to women, men harass transgender persons more, so I would like to adopt a boy and teach him how to respect transgender persons, and how they are equal to others. Let him grow up by learning to respect all equally,’ winner Shyama answered.

Hundreds of people attended the pageant including leading Indian celebrities including Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja.

‘Transgender persons are still not fully included by the society. There are engineering graduates who were denied jobs just because of their identity,’ he told The News Minute.

The Kerala government has done many things for transgender persons. We have launched a lot of schemes for them. And we will continue to develop a lot of schemes so that transgender persons can come into the mainstream fully.

‘We can together work towards it. Transgender persons should aim to complete their education, and the government will be with them at every step.’

Queen of Dhwayah 2017