A Queer’s Professional Life In India

My colleague at work asked me today – so when do you plan to come out at work now that you told your parents? Along the same lines he mentioned,  I think it could be tough for you here given the conservativeness of our workplace. I know he was genuinely concerned for me and not really worrying me.

I always thought it wouldn’t be too tough for me to come out at my current workplace. Yes, there will be the initial weirdness followed by the weirdness while visiting the restrooms but largely it is a very professional environment and people respect each other and gossip less, at least not very apparently. Given there are statutes against discrimination and the firms in my geographical area are fairly diverse, coming out should not be a big surprise to my company – at least not to the HR and executives.

However, with my parents aging, I have been wondering lately what it would mean to move back and live openly in India. I have been asking myself – Should I transition completely and then move to India and live openly which looks more probable, or should I end up living in stealth*. But that would mean living a life in hiding all over again.

So I started my research. In this process, I hit upon this article [Link].

My questions to folks who live in India:

What is your take on the policies in the India-based firms? Since they work internationally, could I assume they are cognizant about equality at the workplace? Even if one is not officially out at work, how do colleagues take it should they know someone is queer? I am very curious to get these answers. May be my questions are stupid but I tend to believe there are no stupid questions ever.

*Stealth, a commonly used word in the trans community means living a life in the preferred gender role while completely shutting out any history of the past. Its like living in cover.

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Rashmi grew up in India and now she enjoys her time living in one of the queerest places in the world. She started transitioning a while back and is gradually coming out to people she thinks are cool enough for her. She enjoys discussing any topic under the sun and has an opinion about anything and everything. She thinks of herself as someone who can only hold intelligent conversations with people, when in reality she is totally insane and crazy, not to mention she has been highly hormonal recently. *GRIN*

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