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All that trans people sitting in protests are required to do, is kind of continue to rehash the story of their pain and trauma. The media is actually deeply tied to all the other infrastructures that trans people have to continue to use in order to access subsistence, right.
Whether we enter a doctor's clinic for accessing our certificate; whether we enter the magistrate's court; or whether we enter the newsroom — all that is asked of us, is the story of pain and then everyone else gives us the theoretical viewpoint on our life, right.
We are not capable of representing ourselves apart from only representing ourselves, right. So the trans voice can only speak as the trans voice, and that's the double bind. On the one hand, trans people are made to speak for everyone, right.
So when you are doing one person's story it becomes the story of all trans people. You find Laxmi Narayan Tripathi — she speaks for all of us, right? You find the national commission, they speak for all of us.
That's not the case. That’s not the case for anything. If you play cricket, Sachin Tendulkar can be your aspiration, but can't represent who you are as a cricketer.
It's the same when storylines are filled by that one trans point, right. And it is really important to emphasize that it's 2022 now. Trans people are as diverse and hate each other like all of you do, right.
So a lot of us have visceral hatred for some of the ring leaders, and are at odds with that.
The conversation about the intersectionality within the trans community where voices like Muslim trans voices, Dalit trans voices, Adivasi trans voices — which are all there in the public sphere, were you to just kind of move your lens from the most available voice — are suddenly available.