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Padmini Prakash became the first transgender television news anchor in India

Sep 19, 2014 15:20 IST

Padmini Prakash became the first transgender television news anchor in India. On the eve of Independence Day on 15 August 2014, she for the first time read out the day’s headlines from a teleprompter for the Lotus News Channel Studios.

A month after she started, Padmini has become the face of the Coimbatore-based Lotus News Channel's daily 7pm special bulletin.

Earlier, Padmini had acted in a television serial. She also contributed herself as a vocal social activist for transgender rights.

About Padmini Prakash

Padmini Prakash is a 31 year-old transgender from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

She was a first-year B.Com student when she cut off all ties with her family and dropped out of college because she could no longer take the stigma and pressure.

She travelled across the state and beyond and later returned to Tamil Nadu and became a Bharathanatyam dance instructor.

Padmini also participated in and won several transgender beauty contests.

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