Life is not always a bed of roses; thorns help you to appreciate the flower. However, if you learn to deal with the thorns, then hardships can actually help you to appreciate the beauty of life. This is the inspiring story of a transgender woman Apsara Reddy who achieved success and several accolades after overcoming the hardships of life.
The plight of transgender people is pathetic in India. Even after getting a proper education, the people belonging to LGBT community are forced to beg on the streets. Many of them spend their whole life miserably either in the red light area or traffic signals. In such a scenario, the story of Indo-Australian transwoman Apsara Reddy is inspiring the LGBT community to lead a better life. Read on!
Source: The Logical Indian
She holds a BA degree in Journalism from Monash University, Australia and MA in Broadcasting with specialisation in Development Economics from City University, London.
The transgender woman has worked with the BBC WORLD SERVICE, The Hindu, Commonwealth Secretariat in London, New Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle.
She is a social worker who fights against violence on women and corruption.
Transwoman faced criticism not only from the society but from her siblings as well. Despite all the odds, Apsara fought bravely against it. She was born as a boy in the conservative family. Her decision of transitioning from Ajay Reddy to Apsara Reddy was opposed by her family members. However, Apsara's mom chose to stand by her.
She explained, "I have faced every situation in life with absolute honesty and dignity. Having an alcoholic father wasn't the best environment for me, but I excelled in academics. There would be moments when there were financial hurdles, deceptive friends, small talk that cut deep and sometimes societal gossip that is so baseless. I have never been the one to react to any of it. My single point focus was progress. I am the one who believes respect comes before love or hate. It took me a long time to prove my mettle at every step of the way. Being a woman itself is tough, imagine being a trans-woman."
This transwoman is the spokesperson of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). She works for the empowerment of LGBT community in Tamil Nadu.
She organises workshops and works to provide jobs to the transgender people in Tamil Nadu.
Presently, Apsara Reddy is the member of BJP. She is actively involved in addressing various issues such as youth empowerment and welfare of the backward classes.
Apsara is among the top league of journalists and has interviewed many celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, former PM of Australia, John Howard, F1 racer, Michael Schumacher, AR Rahman and Nicolas Cage.
She explained, "I never sat to make a case for anyone to love me or like me. People slowly understood I was capable and intelligent. The people who said negative things about me started trying to be my friends now. That's how life changed."
This transgender woman explained it in this way, "Changing your gender is no child's play. In India, hormones are just sold over the counter and often the gay community abuses hormones. Gay men who face love failure or want partners of a certain kind think hormone therapy and feminisation will solve their problems. One mustn't change to acquire a man or find love. One should truly feel like a woman, emote like a woman and be able to live like a woman."
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