It is imperative that the state’s ID processes take into account our complex lived realities, and try to make things simpler for us, but the new Transgender Rights Bill only makes it further difficult.
"I was taunted for hanging out with boys and everyone made me feel miserable about the way I was", says Josh Ningthoujam.
"Being gay, the onus unfortunately falls on oneself entirely – to struggle and rise above social stigma and nonacceptance to find oneself", says Iohborlang Keven Hanson.
What is radical about the #MeToo movement is that the long overdue objectivity is now being given to the lived experiences of women, specifically of sexual violence.
The reality of the lives of Trans men in Manipur is indeed complex. "Many of us continue to live extremely hard lives and some even worse despite the presence of a community", says Laishram Sopin.
My stylist told me later how my boss would force him to get short clothes for me. He threatened him that he will be chucked out of his job if he did not get revealing clothes for me.
The incident that took place in IIT Kanpur was not regarding some drunken fight for slots or cheating, rather it was regarding something as basic as women's safety.
There is a wide spectrum of behaviours that manifests from the belief that men and masculinity are superior to women and femininity.
As a trans man, I had felt a constant discomfort with my body during my entire childhood as I faced discrimination at both my home and school.
If I do decide to come out and talk about my rapist publicly, remember this is not an 8-year-old trauma, but 8 years of trauma.