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A life in trans activism

Author: Rēvati; Nandini Murali
Publisher: New Delhi : Zubaan, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When Revathi's powerful memoir, The Truth About Me, first appeared in 2011, it caused a sensation. Readers learned of Revathi's childhood unease with her male body, her escape from her birth family to a house of hijras (the South Asian generic term for transgender people), and her eventual transition to being the woman she always knew she was. This new book charts her remarkable journey from relative obscurity to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Rēvati.; Rēvati.; Rēvati.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rēvati; Nandini Murali
ISBN: 9789384757755 9384757756
OCLC Number: 921863811
Description: xxxiv, 237 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Revathi's introduction: Beyond black and white --
Nandini's Introduction: A shared sisterhood --
1. Biology is not destiny --
2. Finding my daughters --
3. A turning point --
4. A struggle for human dignity --
5. My rights as a trans woman --
6. A writer born --
7. To famila, with love --
8. Criminalized by law --
9. A momentous decision --
10. Life as performance --
11. Finding my sons --
12. Fatherhood --
13. A love against all odds --
14. Challenging life --
15. Boys to men --
16. Birth of a man --
17. Emperor Penguins --
18. Where are all the f2ms? Trans visibility and organizing --
19. I have a dream --
20. The Supreme Court Judgement --
21. A ray of hope.
Responsibility: A. Revathi ; as told in the original Tamil and translated by Nandini Murali.

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"When Revathi's powerful memoir, The Truth About Me, first appeared in 2011, it caused a sensation. Readers learned of Revathi's childhood unease with her male body, her escape from her birth family to a house of hijras (the South Asian generic term for transgender people), and her eventual transition to being the woman she always knew she was. This new book charts her remarkable journey from relative obscurity to becoming India's leading spokesperson for transgender rights and an inspiration to thousands. Revathi describes her life, her work in the NGO Sangama, the which works with people across a spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations, and how she rose from office assistant to director in the organization. Today she is an independent activist, theatre person, actor and writer, and works for the rights of transgender persons. In the second part of the book, Revathi offers the reader an insight into one of the least talked about experiences on the gender trajectory: that of being trans men. Calling several female-to-male trans persons her 'sons, ' Revathi puts before us their moving, passionate and sometimes tragic stories of marginalization, courage, resistance and triumph"--

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