From pariah to demi-god: transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, chief of the "Kinnar Akhara" congregation for transgender people speaks to her followers during "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 16, 2019. Picture taken January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has become an unlikely icon at India’s […]

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