Transgender Individual Selected as an Icon by the Telangana Election Commission:
Oruganti Laila, a 43-year-old transgender individual and founder of the non-governmental organization (NGO) called Modern Awareness Society (MAS), has been chosen as the State Icon by the TS Election Commission, marking a historic first in the state.
Laila holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Kakatiya University in Warangal and established an NGO with the aim of uniting transgender individuals across the state to advocate for their rights. Since being appointed as the State Icon by the TS Election Commission, Laila has been actively raising awareness about voter registration among those gender communities and emphasizing the significance of participating in elections and exercising their voting rights.
Vikas Raj, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), mentioned that the Election Commission has designated several icons to promote awareness about the importance of voting among the public. Oruganti Laila from Warangal was chosen as one of the State Icons for the Election Commission, specifically tasked with engaging with people to encourage voter registration. The CEO also noted that there is an option to enroll gender individuals as voters, and Laila’s role includes creating awareness within the gender community and facilitating their voter registration. She has also initiated collaboration with district election officers.
Laila expressed her dedication to advocating for transgender rights and her interest in participating in activities related to the Election Commission. She mentioned her interactions with numerous transgender individuals in the state, where she actively promoted voter registration. Laila emphasized that the government’s recognition of those gender individuals as citizens with voting rights is a significant step, and she aims to increase the number of transgender voters in TS through her efforts.