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Beauty Pageant with a Difference April 20, 2008

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Drimi Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times
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Kolkata, April 20, 2008

After the annual Rainbow Pride March to spread awareness about the third
gender, Kolkata is ready for its first-ever beauty pageant for transsexuals
on Sunday.
The event is being organised by MANAS Bangla (a network of the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender or LGBT community) and city-based gay rights
organisation Kolkata Rishta. Sunday’s winners will join contestants from
other cities to the Miss India Beauty Queen contest.

The grand finale organised by Bhojiwood Films, the largest producer of
Bhojhpuri cinema, will be held in New Delhi later this month.

Anish Roy Chowdhury of city-based LGBT rights organisation Ametié and one of
the event promoters, said the motive behind the beauty pageant is to develop
a platform for the LGBT community. “Despite various programmes throughout
the year, our issue does not have as much visibility as it should,” he said.

Some city transsexuals feel that Miss Indian Beauty Queen could be the
stepping-stone for them as the three winners could get a chance to
participate in international pageants.

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