I am Ritushree Panigrahi, (Transgender Woman, She/Her), I am a
corporate lawyer, a Diversity and Inclusion, practitioner and.LGBTQIA+
activist. Apart from this, I write on gender and sexuality issues on
various platforms. I am also working as D&I lead with Ungeder in
consulting organisations on D&I and more particularly inclusion of
LGBTQIA+ employees. With Ungender I launched the campaign
#UngenderForms on Transgender Day of Visibility, to identify websites
and apps asking for gender data without providing the options to
Transgender and Non-Binary persons, with an aim to make these
platforms more inclusive and Trans-Friendly. I have also been featured
on Makers India for the initiatives.
As the first mainstream transgender radio jockey in the Indian circuit, and the first from the community to contest assembly elections in Kerala, Anannyah was one of the community's brightest and more outspoken voices. As a Trans Rights activist, she fought for the community like a fearless warrior.
When I joined this new job, I was unaware of the terms "Inclusive organization", "Diversity, equity and Inclusion." When I realized that there are organizations inclusive of LGBTQIA+ employees, it was a ray of hope for me. But, instead of searching for a job for myself in an inclusive organization with my previous qualifications, I decided to choose a career in diversity and inclusion to ensure that no other soul had to go through the trauma that I had suffered in my workplace environment.
Seldom we witness such heart-warming stories of Transgender persons on screen. Amidst the hopelessness, the new jewellery advertisement came as a silver lining, echoing the sentiments of transgender persons. Such trans-visibility on the silver screen is very rare, and this kind of initiative can help start the conversation that is long overdue about the stories of transgender persons.