Karnataka honours TG Akkai Padmashali

Bengaluru: On Karnataka formation day 60 people were honoured with Rajyotsava Award. In a first, Akkai Padmashali, a transgender fighting for their rights, has won this recognition. Born Jagdish, at 12, suffocated in her own body, she wanted to commit suicide. Instead, she chose to turn TG, facing along the way vagrancy, sexual violence and becoming a sex worker for 4 years. Abandoning her family for 'Sangama,' a local NGO that works with sexual minorities, she later founded ‘Ondede’ {convergence in Kannada}, an organisation that aims to create awareness about sexuality, sexual diversity and the right to choose one

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