Coloured with hope

Milestone moments from the initiation ceremony of 13 young transwomen after gender affirmation surgery.

Posing proudly in solidarity.

A Transgender with her face covered with Green coloured saree as part of the ritual.

The initiation begins.

Sheetal Nayak leads the celebrations with a shower of money.

It is a long night of song and dance and celebration.

The currency notes “fluttered” to ward off the evil eye are later gathered up.

Setting out to the seashore early the next morning.

The arati at the Veerampattinam seashore.

Sanctified by seawater.

“Revealing” themselves to the goddess.

Turning to face their favourite guest in attendance.

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Posing proudly in solidarity.
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