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Miss Transgender North east India 2013

By Siddharth Haobijam

On Dec 13, 2013, Manipur hosted Miss Transgender Queen for North East India. The pageant showed the participations from many transgenders of North East India.

It was hosted jointly by the All Manipur Nupi-Manbi Association (AMaNA) in association with Solidarity and Action Against the HIV infection in India (SAATHI). The event also got the support of the Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) ,American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Alliance India.

Organized in the backdrop of the recent Supreme court ruling which has set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalized homosexuality and had struck down Section 377, the participants held a candle light vigil at the start of the pageant. Also, in the middle of the show itself , the participants took out placards denouncing the said Supreme court ruling of Dec.11,2013.

The author gives us a peek into the pre-event and post event activities of the pageant.

Contestants readying themselves for the preliminary screening of the Miss Transgender North East India ,2013

A contestant looking through a curtain

The preliminary round witnessed the participations of 36 transgenders from across the States. Only 28 were selected for the next round, the “Perfect 10” and the “Best Model”

Contestants appearing before the judges

The transgenders of Manipur have their own stories to tell. For most of these young transgenders ,this is one of those moments when they can be free and live the way they want to .They look forward to this event all the year through

The participants await the announcement of the selected names of the “Perfect 10” sub title round

Rava Khagembam, last year’s winner, trying on her Miss Transgender NE crown. She is to appear in the grand event to hand over her title to the next Miss TG North East

Thoi, one of the contestants, rehearsing for the Grand Finale

Pilot Sagolsem ,another tg contestant taking notes . Thoi and Pilot work at the same parlour

Santa Khurai preparing protest placards against the recent Supreme Court verdict reinstating the article 377 (IPC) criminalizing homosexuality. Santa is a prominent Transgender and secretary of AMANA , an apex body of the Tgs Manipur.

Audience and dignitaries showing solidarity with the LGBT cause, moments before the Grand finale was to start

Contestants waving protest placards against the Supreme Court verdict

Contestants preparing for the final contest

Final moments n the dressing room

A contestant in a traditional Meitei dress ,getting ready for the show

 The Contestants on the stage at BOAT, the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre , one of the biggest stage in Manipur

 Beoncy Laisram, an MBBS student with the runners up, Nippon Raj Kumari , a fashion designer and Khaidem Sunder, a beautician.

Photos: © Siddharth Haobijam

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