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Koovagam Festival 2012: India’s Largest Hindu Celebration Of The Transgender Community

posted on May 3, 2012

This week in the Indian village of Koovagem, thousands of hijras, men who identify as women, along with eunuchs and cross-dressers (both men and women), gather for the countries largest annual celebration for transgender people. Transgender Indians have a powerful advocate: the Hindu deity Aravan. During the two-day festival, the Koovagem participants are ceremonially married to Aravan, and participate in beauty pageants and singing concerts. 

Read at The Huffington Post