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Presenting the story of Dipanwita next in our #RiseWithPride series which celebrates the inspiring spirit of our associates who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“My journey to self-acceptance and advocacy has been a long and difficult one, with many obstacles to overcome. From a young age, I was subjected to ridicule and bullying by people who called me names like 'chakka', and 'hijra'. But I refused to let their words affect me and instead, stood up for myself, telling them that I am an individual and should be addressed as such.
The real challenge, however, came when I had to confront my parents about my orientation and identity. My mother, particularly, was resistant to accept me for who I am. She took me to a psychiatrist to try and "correct" me. Despite the psychiatrist's attempts to educate her on the normalcy of sexual orientation and identity diversity, my mother remained entrenched in her conservative beliefs.
It wasn't until 2013, that I began to find my voice and joined forces with other queer and trans individuals to fight for the decriminalization of Section 377. Through my work with a grassroots trans-intersectional-led NGO, I was able to provide support and resources to members of the trans community, particularly during the pandemic when financial and food insecurity was rampant.
Today, as a Trans member of the Mahindra Pride ERG, I am committed towards building LGBTQIA+ policies that prioritize the needs and well-being of all employees, regardless of their orientation or identity.
My journey might have been difficult, but I know that every step I take towards a more inclusive and accepting society is worth it. It inspires me to #RiseForAMoreEqualWorld.”