“Growing up as a Trans kid was as hard as it could be. For one, there are so many bodily changes happening within yourself that you are having a hard time trying to understand while on the other hand, there is a constant fear of what’s to come from the outside world. I was born into a loving family where people adored me and loved me to bits.
It took a while for the people around me to notice the changes I was going through – the way I walked, spoke, batted my eyelashes etc. My parents were appalled and I was taken to a couple of doctors. Eventually, a slow acceptance descended on us as a family, but I couldn’t say the same for my school. The bullying started as soon as we hit puberty. My complaints and pleas to the teachers went unanswered or often resulted with a crude “Learn to behave like a boy” comments. I think it’s suffice to say, that it led the way to sexual abuse and constant humiliation which eventually led the person, who was the top scorer in all his grades, to fail the 10th board exams. I came closer to taking my own life then. I still vividly remember crying in a park when a few transgender people walked up to me and spoke. I confided in them and they counseled me on how I should use this precious life of mine to rise against odds and make an identity for myself.
My contacts slowly grew and I started to associate myself with yoga practices and meditation which helped me regain my self-esteem.
I wore a strong shell around me to ensure that no derogatory comment passed upon me ever entered my mind.
What followed were a few arduous years in college. I was rejected for about 67 interviews until the 68th one which gave me my first exposure to a work atmosphere. I was fortunate enough to find a wonderful boss in the company I am currently employed in and I have completed over 16+ post graduations in various disciplines. People have been kind enough to bestow me with awards and I have dedicated my life completely to the social welfare of the society because, it was this beautiful place called ‘Chennai’ which saved and redeemed me.”
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