Sharmila’s milestone and yet not…..

Sharmila walked with her head bowed as she entered the conference hall from the side while Vidyuth hailed her from behind.

“Ignore the No Entry boards. They aren’t meant to keep out people like us.”

“That’s the thing. People like us. Not just people.”

Vidyuth clapped her shoulder.

“Come on. There are people waiting for us.”

As Sharmila went up the stage to deliver the keynote address, she calmed her shaking knees. Thunderous applause followed the end of the speech. Vidyuth was cheering madly from his front seat. Sharmila smiled to herself as she came down.

Today had been an important milestone in her and Vidyuth’s life. As she moved towards the restroom, she realised nothing had changed.

The grey faced security said – “Sorry, this is for ladies only, use the men’s”

Even as Sagar has transformed to Sharmila and Vidya to Vidyuth, the world was the same. Transgender was still not a gender but an insult.

Author’s note: I was moved by the tale of a transgender school student who left her state with family because her school denied her bathroom rights appropriate with her chosen gender. For more details, read the link here.

Written in response to the picture prompt provided by Yarnspinnerr for FFFAW hosted by Priceless Joy. 

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