Odisha govt officer makes public her transgender identity

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Kendrapada: Dec 20; Coming out boldly in defiance of social conventions, a 32-year-old Odisha government gazetted officer has made public her transgender identity, saying how it was the Supreme Courts decision that empowered her to fully embrace her selfhood.

Born Ratikanta Pradhan and serving in the Orissa Financial Service, the officer has now adopted a new identity as Aishwarya Rutuparna Pradhan.

"The transformation left many awed. But everything has become normal. The very people who were addressing me as sir are now addressing me as madam. I did not face unpleasant situation as my superior officer is very supportive," she said.

Pradhan said that her transgender identity has not come in the way of her discharging the responsibilities and duties assigned to her.

"In an affidavit before an executive magistrate, I have already become Aishwarya Rutuparna Pradhan. I have submitted relevant records for change and modification of my name and gender. I expect to be conferred transgender classification on government records very shortly," she said.

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