Her hiring comes come five months after India’s Supreme Court recognized transgender people as a legal third gender
Transgender female Padmini Prakash has made history by being hired as a news anchor at Lotus News in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Prakash is the first openly trans anchor in India – ever.
‘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,’ Prakash tells the Times of India.
Before becoming an anchor, she worked as a dance instructor, appeared on soap operas, and and won several transgender beauty contests.
Says Lotus News Channel Chairman G.K.S. Selvakumar: ‘We are very supportive of Padmini …. After initial trials, we were convinced that she had the potential to be an excellent news anchor.’
GLAAD points out that the hiring of Prakash has occurred five months after India’s Supreme Court recognized transgender people as a legal third gender.
At that time, the court called on the government to make sure transgender people receive equal treatment.
by Greg Hernandez
Source – Gay Star News