Transgenders have started to place themselves on a positive side on the society. Despite all the criticism and humiliation for their appearance and gender, only a few moves to be successful in their lives.
Year after Prithika, the first transgender to become a COP, it’s Sathyasri Sharmilla; another transgender who came across many milestones to achieve something big.
Tamil Nadu’s Sathyasri Sharmila broke the glass ceiling by becoming India’s first transgender lawyer. After enrolling herself with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTNP).
The 36-year-old from Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district did not have a comfortable life and had to walk out of her home at the age of 18 after being subject to torture and abuse by neighbours.
Born as Udhayakumar, she had initially completed her B.Com (Company Secretaryship) from Paramakudi. But her desire of doing something for the marginalised community began cementing for Sharmila to consider a change of profession.
In 2004, she happened to complete her bachelors of Law course at the Salem Government College; however, there were many hurdles for her to overcome. Some were accommodation during this period as she had enrolled as a man but identified as a woman, which made it hard for her to stay in either of the college hostels.
It took her almost over a decade to finally gather up courage and confidence and register with the State Bar Council, but when the judges called out her name as the first transgender lawyer in the State, every obstruction along her journey seemed worthwhile.
I was still not confident about the treatment meted out to the transgender community in the society. But I believe things are gradually changing for us. We are beginning to be recognised after the Supreme Court registered us as third genders in 2014. Therefore, I thought the time has come to register myself as a lawyer. Serving the community is my priority now
With Sharmila’s entry into the mainstream field like law, not only gives hope for the transsexual community but also our society is headed in a positive direction.