When boy Krishna became girl Naina

Krishna NainaAdolescence is hard enough on its own. Add to that publicly transitioning from a boy to a girl in front of your entire school, and you’re faced with a mammoth task.

It takes courage to grow up and become your true self and Delhi’s Naina Singh is publicly living out her private transition. “Actually my real name is Krishna. I was born a man, but I’m transitioning” she introduces herself confidently.

Before her transition from male to female, she, as Krishna, came out to “the world” as gay. She even remembers the exact time – 10:48 PM on August 20th, 2013.

When she was in class 6th she first heard of sex change surgery. “My friend Serena told me that Lady Gaga had a sex change operation. I was like wow!” Naina recounts in her YouTube video. She went back home and googled ‘sex change’ but didn’t understand anything.

It’s when she (at that time still identifying as a male ) was in class 10th that the gender identity confusion kicked in.

“I started wearing heels and girl’s clothes before I came out as transgender. People were really confused, but I ignored the topic.” – Naina

“I started wearing heels and girl’s clothes before I came out as transgender. People were really confused, but I ignored the topic.” – Naina

“I’ve come out twice, once as gay and once as a transgender. And every time I do it, it’s like ripping a band-aid off.”

That’s why Naina chose to come out in front of her entire school.

“I spoke about all the gruesome details…and how I had tried to kill myself”.

After the speech got over, there was pin drop silence in the room. Moments later, the entire auditorium erupted in an applause. “It was such a happy moment in my life. (It feels overwhelming) To share something with the world and have their utmost support on such a topic.”

She was apprehensive that she would be bullied a lot more after her confession. She had been hit before and she thought maybe the physical assault would increase, but she was pleasantly proved wrong.

Naina is now using YouTube to spread awareness about transitioning. “Transgenders and transexuals are not freaks…they are like anyone else”, says Naina in her introductory video.

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