Kiran, who is a tribal, a female-to-male transgender, and is physically challenged, hasn’t had an easy life. He had to flee his village after marrying a girl. After the marriage, the couple faced severe harassment from their respective families, and they had to run away to Bangalore, where anonymity would provide them with safety.
Christy Raj, our Community Correspondent in Bangalore, is himself a female-to-male transgender and has been associated with Sangama for several years. He met Kiran in one of the community groups he is involved with. Touched by what Kiran endured, he decided to tell his story on video.
Kiran’s life story is a moving example of the hardships transgenders undergo. It also illustrates the courageous work undertaken by numerous human rights organizations to support sexual minorities, and shows how people can start a new life and find space to lead their lives in accordance to their identity and sexual orientation.
Kiran is now living with his wife in Bangalore. He has recently been awarded a two-years fellowship from Aneka, to work for the rights of sexual minorities and disabled women in Chikaballapur district, near Bangalore.
“Kiran is a role model for the community. He was able to start a new life despite what he had to to go through. And he is now giving back to the community, since he is a wholehearted committed activist,” said Christy Raj, who wants to screen this inspiring video to his community.