The year 2016 was not very kind to most, but it will be forever stand out in the minds of Madhuri Sarode and Jay Kumar Sharma.
On the very last day of a rather harsh year, and after years of what must have been a difficult life, Madhuri, a trans woman, tied the knot with her partner in a very public, very open wedding ceremony performed according to Hindu customs.
In an interview, Madhuri said,
We have been together for five years. Our marriage should be accepted legally, but it is a difficult process. But if we can get a separate identity, we should also be allowed to get married.
I want the marriage certificate to be given to me as a transgender. I’m willing to fight for it, and even go to court if I have to.
Even as she creates history by becoming the first transgender woman to have an open wedding ceremony in India, she continues to fight for the rights of her people.
We live in India and it’s really difficult to pull Section 377 out of the books. Personally, I haven’t faced any issues but I want to fight for myself and other Madhuris in India.