Kalki Subramaniam

Kalki Subramaniam is an activist, artist, author, actor and an inspirational speaker She is the founder of Sahodari Foundation which works for the social, economic and political empowerment of transgender persons in India. Kalki holds two Master’s degrees - Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and Masters in International Relations. Being a transgender person, she grew up with stigma and insult when she pursued her studies, yet that had only made her a strong person and shaped her destiny. She fiercely campaigns for social, political, and economic equity and rights of transgender and intersex people. Kalki advocates nationally against discrimination and hatred against transgender and intersex people and voices for their inclusion at all levels. She has lectured in numerous prestigious institutions like IIT Madras, Jindal Global Law School, National Judicial Academy, Gauhati University, CET Trivandrum, SriRam college New Delhi and many more institutions across India. She has also represented India in seminars internationally. Her collection of poetry in Tamil titled 'Kuri Aruthean' was published by reputed publishing house Vikatan publishers. It has been hailed as an outstanding work of poetry. She is currently working two of her books, her first English book and her second Tamil book. She has received several awards for her contribution towards transgender rights, literature and art. Kalki was one of the major campaigners behind the Indian Supreme Court's verdict legalizing transgender identity in India. Know more visit

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