The Slumdog Millionaire star, born and raised in Mumbai, said: “Hearing the stories about at-risk transgender women in Delhi and the punishing discrimination they often face is yet another reminder that the LGBT community in India has some catching up to do with our global mission of acceptance and tolerance.
"The fact that someone could fear stigma around their sexuality so deeply that it prevents them getting the health support they need is just heartbreaking.
“The fight against HIV is everyone’s responsibility.
"If we work together and commit to making a change in our attitude and perceptions, we can reach those who feel ostracized … and bring them towards the help and support that could change their lives.”
She added: “Every conversation is another step forward in becoming the open, tolerant society that makes an Aids-free future possible.
"It’s time to make inclusion an actual reality. What are we waiting for?”
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