Transgender individuals exist in every region, including Odisha. Odisha, a state in eastern India, is home to a diverse population that includes transgender people. Transgender individuals in Odisha, as elsewhere, may face unique challenges and experiences related to their gender identity.

In India, transgender individuals are recognized as the “third gender” by law. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 provides certain rights and protections for transgender people, including the right to self-identify their gender and protection against discrimination. The law also mandates the formation of welfare boards at the state and national levels to address the specific needs and concerns of transgender individuals.

In terms of support and resources, there are organizations, NGOs, and community groups in Odisha that work to promote transgender rights, provide support, and create awareness about transgender issues. These organizations may offer various services such as counseling, healthcare assistance, legal support, and community-building activities.

To connect with the transgender community and access support in Odisha, you can consider reaching out to organizations such as:

  1. SATHI (Society for AIDS and Health Awareness Initiative): A Bhubaneswar-based organization working on HIV/AIDS prevention and support for transgender and MSM (men who have sex with men) communities. Website:
  2. Swikruti: An NGO based in Bhubaneswar working towards promoting transgender rights, welfare, and empowerment. Facebook page:
  3. Sakha: A transgender support group based in Bhubaneswar that provides counseling, advocacy, and awareness programs. Facebook page: