Mumbai: Book cover of 1st transgender mother unveiled on Women’s Day

Mumbai: The cover of a book, which chronicles the life and struggles of Gauri Sawant, the first transgender mother of the country, was unveiled here Friday on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.

The book, Gauri- The Urge to Fly, will be launched on May 12 on the occasion of the Mother’s Day, said its author Rhythm Wagholikar. He said the book chronicles the varied aspects of Sawant’s life, her struggle and motherly love for the sex workers’ children who are abandoned after birth.

The 38-year-old transgender activist, born in Pune, was discarded by her father in childhood. She runs an NGO, Sakhi Char Chowghi, that promotes safe sex and counsels transgenders. “The revenue earned from the book will go to fund Sawant’s project Nani Ka Ghar under which homes will be provided to transgenders,” the 25-year-old author said.

Born as Ganesh Sawant, she realised that she was different from other boys. As a child, she has always felt more inclined to female gender, prompting her father to discard her. Sawant, who successfully adopted a sex worker’s daughter after overcoming many hurdles, wants her to join the police force.

“Today I am overwhelmed. I never expected or thought of it (a book being written on her). This is going to add to my responsibilities,” an emotional Sawant told mediapersons at an event held the Press Club here.

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