Those who do not conform to society’s norms of ‘appropriate’ gender presentation and behaviour are subjected to harassment and bullying through much of their lives. Such gender non-conformity is a visible marker of difference, even though it may not be linked to same-sex attraction or to identification as transgender.
It started thus for me:
During school days, my teachers perceived extra grace in my dance movements and selected me to play the role of the female consort of a male deity in a stage play. They also spared me, as they did with girls, the corporal punishment they freely employed on boys.
Ever since, a series of unconnected events have kept reinforcing that I am different.
Some of these are, Observing me walk in front of him, my uncle cautioned me to change my gait, lest people call me a ‘lady’.
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