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India’s 1st transgender TV anchor

India’s 1st transgender TV anchor
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India’s 1st transgender TV anchor, A television news station has recruited the country\'s first transgender news anchor, five months after a court ruled that transgender people be recognised as a legal third gender, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Padmini Prakash works at Lotus News in Tamil NaduNew Delhi: A television news station has recruited the country's first transgender news anchor, five months after a court ruled that transgender people be recognised as a legal third gender, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Padmini Prakash, 31, who works at Lotus News in Tamil Nadu, told the Times of India that she had faced a lot of discrimination throughout her life, including being disowned by her family.

She worked as a dancer and then acted in Tamil soap operas before joining the news channel. Prakash said it was a daunting to take such a high profile role.

"I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me," said Prakash.

Campaigners say there are hundreds of thousands of transgender people in India but because they were not legally recognised, they have been ostracised, faced discrimination, abuse and often forced into prostitution.

In April, Supreme Court recognised transgender as a legal third gender.

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