Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Global Genders and Sexualities

Santa Khurai, All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (India)

Santa Khurai is an Indigenous Nupi Maanbi (transwoman) from Manipur, Northeast India. She is an activist, scholar and writer. She is the secretary of the All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMANA) and also associated with Solidarity and Action Against HIV Infection in India (SAATHII). She been working on gender and sexual minorities rights-based issues for the last twenty years. She represented her organization at the 48th United Nation Human Rights Council Session in 2022 and was a fellow at the Asia Pacific Trans Network (APTN) and RFSL Sweden.

 A few of her published works include Pheida – Gender at Periphery (2020), two poems – “My Father” and “Nupi Maanbi Thabal” in The World that Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia (2020, Harper Collins), “Visibilizing the Invisible” and “The Forbidden Prophecies”.

Santa Khurai, Nupi Maabi activist, scholar & writer.
Covid-19 relief work by AMANA.

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Maisnam Arnapal
Maisnam Arnapal
Maisnam Arnapal is a Graduate Research Fellow at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara.
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