Mangaluru: In a first, Congress elects transgender as office-bearer | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: Life has been a roller-coaster ride for 32-year old transgender Sanjana Chalavadi, but consistency and dedication made her the first one from the community to become a general secretary of the Mangaluru City South block of Congress.
Born in Kogilban village of Dandeli in Uttar Kannada, Sanjana, reached Mangaluru about 14 years ago. After trying her hands successfully in various fields including acting, she is now determined to work for her community and bring them to the mainstream society and this, she feels, is possible as an office-bearer of a national political party.
“While working as a cashier in a restaurant in Mangaluru, I engaged myself in social services and was part of the Congress for many years as an ordinary party worker. The society always looks at ‘mangalamukhis’ as beggars, sex workers and thieves. We want to show that we are on par with the rest of society. All these years, only men and women have been enjoying powers in all sectors. The scenario has changed that people from our community can also be at the helm of any field. I have got a good opportunity and I will use it for the welfare of transgenders, sex workers and beggars. I will continue my efforts to rehabilitate them so that they also can lead a decent life. I want to rehabilitate many from our community who are engaged in begging on streets,” Sanjana said.
On her early life, Sanjana said that she had to face insults.
“I left home when I was in class 10, after facing a lot of difficulties being a transgender. I then underwent a gender reassignment surgery in Bengaluru before entering Mangaluru. Here I took a decision to be a role model for all by achieving something in life and for the society,” she further said.
In films, she made her debut through a Tulu tele film ‘Border’ and is part of another movie that is yet to be released. She is a popular transgender model who bagged the title ‘Parivarthan Trans Queen 2018’ at the state’s first transgender beauty pageant organized by Parivarthan Charitable Trust (PCT) in Mangaluru. Having worked as a radio jockey for Sarang, a community radio, Sanjana is a beautician by profession.
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