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6. Gauri Sawant

Gauri Sawant From being a young shy boy from a conservative middle-class
family to heading an organization of transgenders, Gauri has
indeed come a long way, far ahead of even what she ever
imagined. Her leadership qualities were spotted by Ashok Row
Kavi when she was working with The Humsafar Trust. She was
encouraged to set up her own community based organization
Sakhi Char Chowgi, under which she now manages several
projects that address both health issues of transgenders and
provide livelihood opportunities. She is an aggressive fighter
who knows how to handle both the police and the politicians.
Though she is estranged from her own biological family, she
has formed a happy family with a partner and a daughter.

Vivek Anand

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Excerpts from BOLO Interview

Gauri: One day a guy came over from abroad. He was a tall
hefty guy of 8 feet and had come with a girl called Kimberly.
After half an hour, he turned into a girl. I went and touched his
breasts… He looked very cute with a wig and all so we felt
that even we should become girl. That was the first time I
realized that a man can also become a woman.

But one thing was very clear in my mind that I didn't want to be
a hijra because I cannot beg, I cannot do prostitution business.
I used to do outreach, I used to go to Cotton Green area and I
knew what all this was. So I was scared and there was this
fear in me that I don't want to do all this. I don't want to be
exposed on the roads… this was very clear within me.

Also side by side, I was cross dressing, I had started wearing
unisex clothes... the kurta pyjama with the dupatta . Then I
thought I should have sex change. A counselor used to come
to Humsafar, and then we spoke at Sion hospital. The first thing
I did was remove the testes. Till then I had not told anyone at
home. Then I consulted the endocrinologist… then I started
taking female hormones for one year. Then gradually the
breasts started forming.

During the transition period… Now it was the time that I had to
tell this at my home, also I was evaluated at in the three years
at the psychiatrists. Now the doctors told me that I could go in
for Vaginoplasty. This decision was very difficult…. but there
was no one at home and nor did I want to tell anyone about it
and then I did it. That was one dark or black night, and in that
night I changed from Ganesh to Gauri.



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