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"I Was Always The Woman I Am": Transgender Instagram Star Fights Bigotry

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From the age of four, Trinetra Haldar Gummaraj was bullied and shamed every time she tried on her mother's sarees

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"I was always the woman I am," she said. But few saw her as she wanted to be seen

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Older boys molested her, school teachers humiliated her and a psychiatrist advised her family to expose her to "more masculine influences".

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By the time Gummaraju was a teenager, her self-hatred -- reinforced by social mores -- had deepened to such a degree that she had begun to self-harm.

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No one considered the possibility that she was transgender. Especially not Gummaraju. "I didn't even let myself question my gender identity because transgender people have such a negative image in this country

Read about Trinetra Haldar's views on SheThePeople, Asia's biggest media space for women