Together, we will make a place for ourselves; we just need to hold tight during that process

As a queer, transgender person with mental health issues, there are a lot of hoops that I feel I have to jump through on a daily basis. Of course, being Savarna Hindu by birth affords me it’s caste privileges, many of which have allowed me to access help and resources which many queer DBA folks cannot access due to systemic casteism.

My coming out was a slow, long-drawn process that I feel is still going on, and will continue for the rest of my life. It’s a never-ending cycle of evaluation, process, and reveal. I am constantly learning about myself and my sexuality and gender, and I’m allowing myself the fluidity to go back and forth between various identities.

Through my experiences and advice that I received, I have found myself in a place where I can be of help to other queer people, especially queer youth. Being able to personally witness the intersection between mental health and queerness has allowed me to have a perspective on issues that many people have benefited from. It is my hope to expand upon that perspective throughout my life and to continuously be a source of support and solidarity with marginalized communities across the world.

I think that is something I would like for people, especially people who are struggling to come out or to accept themselves, to keep in mind: these things are slow, laborious processes. I would encourage people to take time, to be kind to themselves, and to remember that there is a place in the world for all of us, though it may not seem that way right now. Together, we will make a place for ourselves; we just need to hold tight during that process.