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Kerala: A Debut Of Transwoman As A Broadcast Journalist


As India stood one step closer to historic moon mission as lander ‘Vikram’ departed from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter on Monday, 22-year-old Heidi Saadiya from Kerala was also making history. Presently, Saadiya is the first transgender broadcast journalist from the state, who presented her debut as a reporter.

As her first project, Saadiya, who formally joined Malayalam news channel Kairali News TV on August 31, came on the Chandrayaan-2 development. 

Saadiya said conversing to News18 that she was glad that people have begun to open place to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community.

She said, “After my post-graduation course in electronic media from the Trivandrum Institute of Journalism, I was working as an intern with Kairali TV. After interning for a week, the company offered me the post of ‘News Trainee’ after evaluating my performance,” said Saadiya.

“This is a profession that I feel has no discrimination. The newsroom feels like a second home to me. I hope the LGBTQ community gets more such inclusive workspaces in the future”. 

On August 3, Heidi Saadiya formally joined Malayalam news channel Kairali News TV, presented her debut with her reportage on Chandrayaan-2 development.

Saadiya, at the age of 18, moved from her house, said she has no complaints against her parents who denied to accept her.

She added, “I just want them to see what I am doing right now.”

KK Shailaja, Kerala Health Minister, took to Facebook to praise Saadiya and said that it was a proud moment for all Indians. 

“Chavakkad native Saadiya had made a successful move at a moment when Chandrayaan 2 lander, ‘Vikram,’ successfully separated from the orbiter. She’s the first transgender broadcast journalist from Kerala,” 

Shailaja stated Saadiya is also a motivation for the rest of the transgender community.



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