Tina K. Russell

October 13, 2008

Hijras in Kerala

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The Hindu : National : Where have Kerala’s Hijras gone?

This is a good article.

June 3, 2008

Awesome Transsexuals: Bobby Darling

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Bobby Darling is making waves-TV Buzz-Entertainment-The Times of India
And, Pankaj Sharma aka Bobby Darling should know better. After overcoming all odds, the actor has done 20-odd films in Bollywood. Not only that, she has also also managed to charm her way into the hearts of the international filmmakers.

This is a beautiful article. Please read it; it’s pretty short.

After having played so many roles, is there any particular character that she would like to portray? “It’s my dream to play a prostitute. All acclaimed actors like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Waheeda Rehman and Rekha have played the role, and have done it so beautifully. I would really like to play the characters played by Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in Mandi,” she says.

Though Bobby is enjoying a fair amount of success, she still feels something is missing in her world. “I have everything but love. I feel, just like a plant needs sunlight, water and soil to grow, a person needs love to grow,” she sighs. Let’s hope love finds her.

I am in love with this woman.

April 4, 2008

Awesome Transsexuals: Part 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tina Russell @ 11:41 pm

Transgender Talk Show Host Tackles Taboos in India : NPR

India may be the home of the Kama Sutra, but for years frank talk about sex has been utterly taboo.

Lately, however, a transgender talk show host is changing the boundaries of dialogue. In recent episodes of her show Ippadikku Rose, Rose has tackled workplace harassment, divorce, premarital sex and the benefits of legalizing prostitution.

“I want to break the big myth that they have by being a highly educated, highly articulate, sociable transsexual person who is talking about social issues — their own concerns,” Rose says.

Ohmygodohmygodohmygod. This woman is my new hero!

By the way… I don’t know where it was, but I read another article about her a while back that mentioned that, going into adulthood, she had trouble learning to tie a sari correctly, because she never went through a “proper” girlhood and never learned how. I can’t tell you how deeply I identified with that… in America, of course, it’s other stuff, like learning how to use makeup and cook. I still feel sort of an inferiority complex around that, ’cause I never had a “normal” girlhood and never had girlfriends growing up.

But, life is what you make of it, right? God made me transsexual, and I have to live with that.

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