Pastor Esther Bharathi

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Pastor Esther Bharathi is India's first transgender pastor from the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) branch in Chengalpattu, India. She goes by her first name as Pastor Bharathi.[clarification needed]

Early life[edit]

Pastor Esther Bharathi was born in Tuticorn as the third child and first son to a Hindu family.[1]  Her parents named her "Bharath Raja." She was constantly taunted by classmates and neighbors for being feminine. "I became a loner and could not even complete Class 12," she told Times of India.[2]

At the age of 12, she converted to Christianity after a sister from a local church took her in a few years ago. In the year 2000, she was baptized. Bharathi underwent sex change surgery in 2007 to complete her transformation to a woman. [1]

Education[edit]

She struggled her way through education before finding her path as a pastor. Tired of family ridicule, she ran to Chennai where she joined a group of transgender people. One of her sisters earlier enrolled her in a lab technician training course in Chennai. But she had to quit because her classmates ridiculed her threading of eyebrows and use of make-up. She then moved to Coimbatore where she worked as an accountant at a weighbridge for a couple of months, but quit after facing harassment from truck drivers.[3]

Bharathi finally studied Bachelor of Divinity at Madras Theological Seminary and College in Chennai.[3] She graduated in 2011, in front of a crowd of 7,000 people.[4]

Career[edit]

Two months after her graduation, she was sent to lead a congregation of about 40 parishioners in Natarajapuram, a village approximately 60 km away from Chennai. [5] Bharathi conducts service in Tamil and English every Sunday.[6] Her estranged family have finally embraced her transgender status and are proud of her work towards society.

References[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "India's first transgender pastor finds fulfilment - ucanews.com". ucanews.com. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Meet India’s first transgender pastor - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b "The Winning Habit | OPEN Magazine". OPEN Magazine. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  4. ^ Kannadasan, Akila. "The saga of self". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  5. ^ "The Winning Habit | OPEN Magazine". OPEN Magazine. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  6. ^ re proud of the"Meet India’s first transgender pastor - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-06-25.