Transgender writer narrates her life journey in solo play

COIMBATORE: About 20 years ago, when transgender activist A Revathi looked for writings on transgender neighborhood in Tamil, she could not find any. This drove her to interview transgender other people in Tamil Nadu and write a e book ‘Unarvum Uruvamum’ in 2006, which became some of the first books to be written by a transgender person in Tamil.
Following this, she wrote her biography, however didn’t post it fearing repercussions from friends and family. Later, it was once launched as ‘The Truth About Me’, in English. Only in 2015, the Tamil textual content was once launched as ‘Vellai Mozhi’ (The White Language), which has additionally been translated into Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada.

On Saturday, Revathi, now 50, carried out a solo play in the town in response to the e book, to look at Transgenders Day, hung on April 15 to commemorate the formation of the transgender welfare board.

Speaking of the play, Revathi says she had carried out the play greater than 80 times across Karnataka. “I used to be running in an organisation for LGBT rights and was once in search of literature on transgender neighborhood. But I most effective found writings by individuals who weren't from the transgender neighborhood. So I made up our minds to jot down a e book myself,” she says.

the e book was once later translated in Kannada and was once revealed by Gauri Lankesh.

In the solo play, Revathi plays herself and narrates her adventure of self-discovery and how she found a neighborhood to enhance her. She additionally enacted the discrimination and harassment meted out to her by the society and police. Revathi additionally lays naked the contradictions in transgender neighborhood. “While many transgender other people accept transwomen, they don’t accept transmen. But, I've authorized 10 transmen as my sons,” says Revathi.

She has additionally written ‘A Life in Trans Activism’ a e book about transmen.

Though she narrates the plight of dwelling as a transgender person, Revathi additionally brings in the plight of young children who suffer sexual harassment. “I additionally made up our minds to add the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl Kashmiri to the script,” she says.

Revathi provides that she was once inspired to jot down after studying author Bama’s novel Karukku. “I learnt from the e book that I could turn my ache into words,” she says. “I've found that I could touch other people’s lives thru literature, art and theatre. I need to write about other people, who aren't from the transgender neighborhood. I've a plan to jot down about narikuravas,” she says.

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