Transgender activist Bharathi Kannamma, who filed her nomination papers on Saturday to contest as an independent candidate from the Madurai Lok Sabha constituency for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, on Tuesday.
Tamil Nadu: Bharathi Kannamma, a member of the transgender community, filed her nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 yesterday, in Madurai. pic.twitter.com/RHmkqcm8HE
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Kannamma came out in 2004 as transgender and soon began devoting her time to social activism, fighting for the rights of transgenders.
Earlier in 2014, she contested in Lok Sabha polls as an independent candidate and secured 1,226 votes in Madurai Lok Sabha constituency. She is determined to contest from the Madurai Central Assembly constituency in the upcoming election as well.
She hails from Madurai and campaigns for trans rights and is hoping to become only the second trans MP in the world. Her campaign focuses on anti-corruption and living standards, as well as human rights.
Kannamma, who worked as marketing manager in a private bank, has been involved in social work and the uplift of transgenders in the region for some years.