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Transsexuals and transvestites are colloquially called hijras or aravanis in India. Indian society for the most part, is not tolerant towards sexual minorities and India’s estimated one million “hijras” lead lives marked by abuse, disease,loneliness and lack of legal redress. Indians of alternative sexuality especially from small towns and villages often join the hijra community composed of family-like groups who denied conventional employment make a living off extortion, blessings at births, dancing at weddings and sex work.

Usage

Vik: Dai macha I met this cool aravani today.
Thimmaiah: How cool was she?
Vik: I'll tell you in the morning.

Added 2011-07-02 by porkipaya

Root

Tamil

Region

Tamil Nadu

Related Terms

Hijra

Terms referencing this

Kothi, hijra