Be Proud and help those who are struggling to figure out their identity

I am Abhijit. I was born in 1997. My father used to work in defense and his attitude was typical of an angry army man. However, he left the job in defense for some reason and came back to our hometown where he started farming. My parents are my sole pillar and always supported me since childhood. I was always into lipstick, frocks and played with girls. My neighbors used to call me chakka, mamu, etc. Studying in the 9-12 standard was the most difficult part of my life. Friends’ and relatives’ taunts and bullying became more intense during that time. I couldn’t talk to anyone about what I was feeling and what I was going through. I also tried committing suicide during my 10th standard, but luckily that didn’t work. One of the teachers raped me when I was in 12th standard. That was a real nightmare. I started attending LGBTQ+ awareness programs which helped me realize my identity and gain confidence. When I went to college, I helped a couple of people and saved them from bullying and harassment. I wish to work for the LGBTQ+ community.