Varta Trust organizational logo: The word ‘Varta’ written out in black colour in a bold stylized typeface in all capitals on a white background. The text is inside a rectangle finely outlined in black. The first ‘A’ in ‘Varta’ is affixed with the graphic of a bugle on top. The bugle faces to the right, and breaks the rectangular outline where it sticks out above the logo lettering. Tagline below the logo says "Gender, Sexuality, Intimacy, Publishing". Logo artwork credit: Rudra Kishore Mandal

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Story of a trans warrior – 10 years done, more to come (part 2)

By Pawan Dhall
A rambling conversation with Islampur-based trans rights activist Joyita Mondal who not long ago had to change houses under threats of violence, but emerged stronger from the ordeal
This daytime photograph shows a scene from the first rainbow pride walk organized by Dinajpur Natun Aalo Society in Islampur in 2017. The event was titled ‘Sathiya Uttorer Gourab Jatra’. The photograph shows a number of walk participants, mostly trans women, passing through a busy street in Islampur. Some of the participants are dressed in colourful attire and dancing to the music of drummers. Others are waving small rainbow flags. A couple of two-wheelers are moving along with the walkers. A crowd of bystanders can be seen on the pavement which is lined with a variety of shops. Some people are using their mobile phones to take photographs or videos of the walk. All in all a cheerful and dramatic capture of the walk. Photo courtesy Dinajpur Natun Aalo Society
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