Born in Allahabad as Pooja, Kabeer never found solace wearing garments meant for women. Soon, he started questioning his gender. Now a transman, he has battled hard for the life which he is living, he says.
Kabeer doesn’t want show his face on the camera, fearing social backlash.
“I kept all the fasts and offered namaaz. But then I started questioning whether God even loves me or not? Why do I have to suffer so much? I was angry and stopped practising my religion. ” says 25- year old Jamal who identifies himself as a trans man. From schools to offices, social space to legal recognition the battle for transgender rights remains unheard of.
Rudrani Chettri, founder of Mitr Trust is a Delhi-based transgender activist. Behind opening the first modelling agency for transgenders was the frustration of how young beautiful transgenders are made to feel ugly from a very young age. In this video she talks about her journey and ongoing struggles.