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State’s 1st Transgender marriage registered

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(G.N.S) Dt. 24
Bengaluru
Couples waiting to get their marriages registered is a regular sight at the KR Puram sub-registrar’s office. Except that the registration of the couple which waited for two hours at this office on Tuesday wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago.
In a victory for transgenders, Akkai Padmashali, transwoman and activist, officially registered her marriage with Vasudev V. Surrounded by family and friends, the couple received their certificate from a registry official, who wished them the best of luck.
Pointing at her family member and transwomen around, a beaming Akkai said, “It’s great to have such a mixed group of people here today. While the process is long because of the paperwork, everybody around us has been so supportive and cooperative.”
She faced no problems in the process, apart from the usual bureaucratic hurdles. The couple had got married on January 20, 2017.Akkai, a Rajyotsava award winner, is co-founder of Ondede and Swatantra organisations, which work for the rights of sexual minorities and towards ending discrimination. She reckons this registration could well be the first of its kind in the state after the 2014 NALSA judgment, and cabinet clearing of the state policy on transgenders last October.
Vasu, who runs a laundry business in Magadi, said, “I met Akkai in 2011 when we were working as LGBTQI+ activists with different organisations. We live with my family in Magadi. We don’t see her as a transwoman, but as a woman.” Akkai travels regularly to Bengaluru for work.

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