West Bengal just had its first transgender wedding
Taking note of this historic development, a Kolkata transgender couple tied the knot in what will be West Bengal’s first ever rainbow wedding.
While the Transgender Persons Bill was being quietly passed by the center, which by the way has received severe opposition from the community.
38-year-old Tista Das and 40-year-old Dipan Chakraborty got married in West Bengal and became the first wedded a trans couple of the state.
Tista, originally born as Susanto, underwent a sex reassignment surgery 15 years ago.
“I always believed love has no gender and Dipan and I have proved it,” Tista said.
The transgender couple, Tista Das and Dipan Chakraborty, had announced their wedding in April this year. While Dipan’s family stayed away from the social event, Tista’s mother has been steadfast in her support.
Tista has been a popular face of the transgender community in Kolkata having worked as an actor in films and TV.
It was a cosy wedding that took place at a rented hall in Agrapara’s Mahajati area which was attended not just by Tista’s friends, but also her neighbors.
The rainbow wedding comes a step forward for the transgender community in both, West Bengal and India as a whole.
However, Dipan’s family has kept themselves away from the wedding as they have not been able to accept his new identity.
Tista’s mother Subhra reportedly said, “I am happy to see my daughter settle down with someone like Dipan. We have been through a lot of hardship, but parents should always support their children.”
Tista spoke of her struggle for years to reconcile her identity as a woman “in this brutal society.” Her struggle, like so many other transgender people, was only heightened by India’s history of discrimination and intolerance towards the community.
Das and Chakravarthy met at a transgender legal clinic, where the groom works.
They got engaged in April 2019, on India’s National Transgender Day of Visibility.
We wish the couple a happy married life and more power! Remember love is love.