#GoodNews: Transgender Crowned Rose Queen in Mumbai’s Ruia College
Anjali Siroya, a mass media student, is the first transgender to be crowned ‘Rose Queen’ by the college.
The Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai is grabbing headlines for all the right reasons after a 20- year-old mass media student Anjali Siroya, who identifies herself as a transgender, was declared the ‘Rose Queen’, Hindustan Times (HT) reported.
Becoming the college’s first transgender to participate in the event, Siroya was known as Ajay till two years ago. The newspaper added that she was initially apprehensive about participating in the event. But the organisers were quite open to the idea of her participating, Hindustan Times said.
“What matters more than winning is the title – Rose Queen. As a trans-person, I was initially apprehensive about whether or not I would be able to participate, especially in the female category,” Siroy told HT.
The contest had multiple rounds like literary and performance skills, ramp walk, Q&A and photo session. Siroya told HT that when the contestants were asked to write a letter ‘to the future me’, she narrated her transformation journey. “I wrote all about my transformation from Ajay to Anjali, which itself was such a great process,” she said.
Siroya, who lives with her parents in Chembur said that coming out to her parents wasn’t easy. She said some of her friends and cousins who knew about her gender identity often teased her with the name Anjali.
“My mother first thought they were teasing me about a girl, but with time, I had to tell my parents I had a female soul trapped in a male body. My parents were initially apprehensive, but gradually accepted me,” Siroya told HT.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times)
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