U.S. Fulbright Alumnus continues to work on Mumbai’s transgender communities

Jeff Roy received his second Fulbright Award to India to continue his research on the music and dance of Mumbai’s transgender communities. In November 2015, he organized a dance performance and film screening at the Godrej India Culture Lab, titled “The Dancing Queens: A Celebration of India’s Transgender Communities.” The event marked the first appearance of a transgender performance ensemble at a major Indian corporate campus, and was featured in a number of media outlets in India.


Jeff said, “My work is not only about music analysis, but about engaging dynamically with Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) performers to create opportunities for their voices to be heard. I will use the ‘Dancing Queens’ event as a springboard to launch an international tour.”


Photo: Jeff Roy (right) with Abina Aher, Founder of Dancing Queens finalizing the musical event in Mumbai

Photo: Jeff Roy at his photo exhibit of the event "Dancing Queens: A Celebration of India's Transgender Communities" held at the Godrej India Culture Lab, Mumbai