My Life as a Nepalese Transgender

Collection with 13 media items created by Transterra Editor

20 Sep 2013 02:30

Photos and Text by Rajneesh Badhari.

Nepal is the first country to recognize the third gender category. In 2007, Nepal's apex court ordered to scrap laws that are discriminatory. The court also ordered to draft a new law for same sex marriage, it hasn't materialized as constituent assembly was dissolved without delivering a new constitution.

There are few organization that are openly speaking for the LGBT issues here. But people from LGBT groups are still facing problem. Getting a new job for them has been difficult. Neelam Paudel, 21, from Morang, is one of them.

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By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam hopes that she will find a new job soon.

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20 Sep 2013

Reading books is one of her favorite past times.

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By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam Paudel, 21, from Morang, Nepal, is transgender.

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Neelam loves to wear the dresses of a girl. She says she likes makeup kits.

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Neelam, cleaning spinach, for her lunch on Sept 13, 2013. She loves cooking and likes Chinese food.

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20 Sep 2013

Neelam has been looking for a job in Kathmandu but has remained unsuccessful because most of the offices she approached rejected her because of her sexual orientation.

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Neelam was studying in class 8 that she knew she was transgender. She was afraid at first to tell it to others. She used to live in loneliness and wasn’t comfortable with others then.

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By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam chats with her friends through a mobile device to update that she curled her hair.

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By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

It was during a radio interview that Neelam made it public that she is a transgender. Her parents who were listening to the radio program knew about it then. She now openly lives as a transgender.

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20 Sep 2013

But living as a transgender in a conservative Nepali society is not easy. She feels bad when people call her “hijada” but now she has learnt not to listen such words.

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Neelam hopes that she will find a new job soon.

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20 Sep 2013

Transgenders at young age are vulnerable to rape and they don’t report such incident because they are afraid to come in public, Neelam shared.

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By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam says she is happy that she is a transgender. “I don’t feel bad about it,” she told.