Transgender activist Akkai Padmashali gets married

Their January 20 wedding and reception was attended by friends and family, and the couple has the full blessings of their parents.

Transgender activist Akkai Padmashali gets married

Transgender rights activist and Karnataka Rajyotsava Award winner Akkai Padmashali has tied the knot with LGBTQI activist named Vasu.

Their January 20 wedding and reception was attended by friends and family, and the couple has the full blessings of their parents.

Akkai Padmashali was born a boy named Jagadeesh but chose to become a transgender. She now runs Ondede, (meaning ‘convergence’ in Kannada), an organisation that aims to create awareness about sexuality, sexual diversity and the right to choose one’s sexual orientation, and has received several awards for her activism.


Eight years ago, she met Vasu and they became fast friends, eventually fell in love.

Vasu had proposed marriage to Akkai several times over the years but she had constantly refused as she was initially against the institution of marriage as she had apprehensions about domestic violence.

Vasu now runs a laundry service in Magadi in Karnataka.

“I have been in love with her for a very long time. Her dedication and passion for the cause is what I love about her the most. Since I was an activist for many years, I had told my parents about the transgender community and the challenges they face every day. They were very supportive and accepted my decision completely,” Vasu told
The News Minute.


“We told both our families two months before the wedding and they accepted our decision instantly. I have to say, this marriage is one of a kind in India. It is wonderful that everyone was so supportive. It was a happy occasion and there was nothing to hide. My husband knows that I cannot bear children. We are from different castes and that never mattered to any of us,” Akkai reportedly said.

Akkai plans to continue her work for the LGBT community in Bengaluru, while Vasu will head back to Magadi to continue with his business.