Written By Sahithi Divi as told by Vyjayanthi Vasantha Mogli
Transgender RTI Activitist, Co-founder, Queer Swabhimana Yatra and Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti
This story is of a fifteen year old who was thrown out of the house due to her sexuality. As an LGBTQ child she wanted to be like every girl leading a normal and bright life. Growing up was hard and she lacked stability because of not being born into a female body. Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, a transwoman LGBT activist, shared her story of abuse as a child in school. How lesbian women and transmen in tier two and smaller places remain supressed and vulnerable. She said that ‘ formal education about gender and bonded labour is unapologetically important for people sailing through similar times as Vyjayanthi’.
Progress today can be measured in form of enactments and awareness by the government but which cannot benefit anybody, without the rules to support them. She faced abuse , violence and trauma even from the organisations that were suppose to rehabilitate her. But in the first place why should someone be forced into rehabilitation ? Sadly, for coming out as a trans woman !
Absence of an inclusive society and the harsh conditions imposed by the society on her was devastating. Most of the people in the society lack awareness about Gender and separate humankind into divided beings, leading to major suppression of human rights. This is widely overlooked and surrounded with toxic ignorance. Children who are born in these systems are exposed to frugal conditions, trained to live by earning a bread for a day. She has led unanimous movements fighting for transgender rights and also associated with organisations like Bhumika, Anveshi, Centre For Law And Policy Research, Bangalore.
Vyjayanthi has more than 17 years of corporate experience. She closely unfolds the challenges faced by a trans person in the hiring process. She carries the weight of soo many stories of her friends who were failed by their working environments. Shutting down a person’s right to live and replacing it with painful emotional violence will not broaden the intersectional differences. Even the reserved segments of the society are subjected to reduced inequalities within them due to dominance. Seperation from her family as a child affected her belief on men. Patriarchy could neither stand for gender nor for the innocent child who badly wanted assurance and love at that time.
Even as an activist who suffered injuries of misogyny, she does not objectivise feminism as a fight for women. Every person who has been through the abuse can only look from the lens of equality. The fight is all about right to live with dignity. Adding that true feminism can resolve problems with humanism. Vyjayanthi says that world needs a new perspective to rebuild the pre-scripted idols of an ideal woman, that does not really exist. What remains is education, empowerment and entrepreneurship ( creation ) ; they will facilitate you for the war on Gender Inequality.
Written By Sahithi Divi as told by Vyjayanthi Vasantha Mogli (source : http://www.impactscientist.com)