Meet Anbu Ruby, Tamil Nadu’s first transgender staff nurse in govt service

Transgender community accomplishing is slowly becoming a reality in India and especially in Tamil Nadu. In 2017, Prithika Yashini became the first transgender to be appointed as a police officer in Tamil Nadu and also the first transgender woman to be a police officer in India.

Tamil Nadu has been progressive in its support to Transgender Community. On 02.12.19 Anbu Ruby, became the first Transgender Staff Nurse in Tamil Nadu to be appointed to a government hospital.

25 year olds in today’s India have multiple challenges to land in a job. Anbu Ruby’s life too has had its fair share of suffering. Based on media reports, Anbu’s father who was blind, died when she was pursuing her final year nursing. Born into a poor family and into a society where acceptance towards transgender people is blooming slowly, Anbu found her strength through her mother who is a farmer working in banana cultivation.

Her mother supported her educational pursuit and helped Anbu study MBA in Hospital Management. Anbu credits her mom’s encouragement as the fuel to her success. Hailing from Thoothukudi, this 25 year old received her appointment letter from CM of the state Edappadi Palaniswamy in the presence of Health Minister of the State Dr.C.Vijayabaskar along with several nurses, village health nurses and laboratory technician recruited through Medical Services Recruitment Board.

“I wanted to understand the medical issues faced by our transgender community in a better way and also serve the poor, so I chose to nurse…I want to be an example for my community. Many of them should come out and achieve in their lives. I also want to serve society in whatever way I can. That is why I chose nursing”. She is posted to work at Thoothukudi Medical College closer to her home.