Anjali Gopalan

India

Anjali Gopalan is an Indian human rights and animal rights activist, founder and executive director of The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, an NGO dedicated to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India mainly focused on women and children. Anjali began working on issues related to HIV/AIDS and marginalized communities in the United States. In 2012, Time placed Gopalan on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In March 2007, Gopalan was honored as a Woman Achiever by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. In 2012, Gopalan inaugurated the Alan Turing Rainbow festival and flag offed the Asia's first Genderqueer pride parade as a part of the Turing festival organised by Gopi Shankar Madurai of Srishti Madurai, this was the first Gay Pride parade attended by Gopalan. Since 2 September 2012, she has served as the Advisory head of the committee of Srishti Madurai.
On 25 October 2013, Gopalan was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in the order of the legions of Honor, the highest award from France presented to her by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Women's Rights for France. Gopalan is the first Indian Tamil woman awarded with "Legion of Honour". In 2014, the Limca Book of Records placed Anjali Gopalan in "People Of The Year".

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