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TV channel in TN hires transgender news anchor

TV channel in TN hires transgender news anchor
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A Coimbatore-based transgender has become a trailblazer for her community becoming the first TV transgender news anchor when she went \'live\' on Independence day on a private Tamil satellite channel in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai: A Coimbatore-based transgender has become a trailblazer for her community becoming the first TV transgender news anchor when she went 'live' on Independence day on a private Tamil satellite channel in Tamil Nadu.


Still reminiscing about the day when she read out her first bulletin on August 15, Padmini Prakash told PTI, "I will be completing two months in Lotus news channel on October 15."

It has been a hard grind for Padmini considering the fact she had to drop out after her first year in B.Com course some 15 years ago after her parents disowned her.

She wanted to study for IAS but could not because of the discrimination and stigma she experienced and economic conditions. But such setbacks only made her more determined to succeed, she said.

"You see, I am a professional classical dancer, trained in Bharatanatyam," she said.

Padmini realised very early on that the media was the best way to reach to wide sections of society and to create awareness about the problems of the transgenders, and is happy that she has landed a job as a news anchor.

"It is because a transgender is reading the news that it is creating waves. So I feel more transgenders should come into the media to reach out to more sections of society."

Padmini, who is in her thirties, participated in talk shows and some serials before she caught the attention of Coimbatore-based Lotus representatives who were scouting for a member of her community for their channel. In between, she took part in transgender beauty contests and won the Miss Tamil Nadu and Miss India titles in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

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