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26 July 2011

Famila (1980 - 2004) hijra activist.

Famila, from Bangalore, was a chela to Revathi. She was intelligent and vocal and passed easily. She had surgery at age 19.

She left sex work and became an activist for hijras working for Sangama.

She was featured in the BBC documentary India’s Ladyboys, and in 2004 came second at the Koovagam festival beauty contest, although as a feminist she did believe in beauty contests, but it was a platform to talk about hijra rights.

However the strain of the life got to her, and she committed suicide at age 24.

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