British transsexual causes stir at Indian temple

New Delhi (Reuters Life!) – A British transsexual has angered local eunuchs at a Hindu temple in north India because she monopolised the donations given by devotees seeking the eunuchs’ blessing, media reports said.

Pamela, who was born Stephen Louis according to newspaper reports, flew to India in March after she learnt of a temple dedicated to Bahuchara Mata, the patron goddess of eunuchs.

She said she was tired of being an object of ridicule in Britain, and was attracted to India by the status that eunuchs and transsexuals sometimes enjoy, the Indian Express reported.

Dressed in a sari and with her forehead marked with a bindi, she has attracted crowds of curious devotees at the temple in Becharaji, a town in Gujarat state.