Being Laxmi: 'I belong to the hijra, the oldest transgender community'

  • The transgender rights activist and Hindi actor Laxmi Narayan Tripathi speaks about the challenges facing members of India’s hijra community, many of whom have been victimised or forced into begging or sex work. Subscribe to The Guardian ► Laxmi’s fame has provided a useful platform in the battle to achieve equality, dignity and inclusion for India’s third gender. She is the founder of the sexual minorities rights organisation Astitva, and in 2008 became the first transgender person to represent Asia-Pacific at the UN. Guardian website ► Endboard videos: London's oldest gay bar under threat ► Being transgender and happy ► Guardian playlists: Comment is Free ► Guardian Docs ► Guardian Animations & Explanations ► Guardian Investigations ► Other Guardian channels on YouTube: Guardian Football ► Guardian Music ► Guardian Australia ► Guardian Tech ► Guardian Culture ► Guardian Wires ► Guardian Food ► Watch Me Date ► More Guardian videos: Mos Def force fed in Gitmo procedure ► Edward Snowden interview ► Bangladeshi Sex Workers take steroids ► How your phone spies on you ► What is freedom today? ► 30 Stone man enters Mr Gay UK ► Fighting Isis in Kobani ► How does Ebola kill? ► The SlumGods of Mumbai ► Jesus "would have been an atheist" ► The new global menace ►