Anu, a 23-year-old transgender, struggled to contain her joy on being accepted into the mainstream.
On Tuesday, Anu donated blood at the Government Rajaji Hospital here to a 24-year-old girl who injured her right hand when she fell from the terrace of her house.
“I have been visiting the GRH to meet my friend (also a transgender) who was injured in a road accident last week. The girl, for whom I donated blood, was in the same ward,” Anu said.
The girl’s family had used up their savings on her treatment in a private hospital before shifting her to the GRH. “Donors demanded Rs.2,000 for ‘O’ Positive blood for the girl’s surgery. That was when I asked them whether they would accept my blood. I was delighted when they agreed without any hesitation,” Anu told The Hindu.
Anu said she pursued her master’s degree in commerce before her transformation into a transgender. “My certificates mention me as a man. My degree is of no use anymore. Though my family accepted me as a transgender, I longed for acceptance from society, and this is the first time I was accepted by a family other than mine,” she said.
She is now a field staff with Bharathi Kannamma Trust, run by a transgender activist.
The girl’s family acknowledged Anu’s noble gesture, but were hesitant to reveal their identity in view of the social stigma attached to transgenders.
“Anu’s gesture is great. She is one of our family members now. It takes a good heart to help others without any expectation,” the girl’s mother said.
However, she did not want others to know that her daughter received blood from a transgender.
But Anu is upbeat.“I felt a great sense of achievement after donating blood. The thanks conveyed by the girl with tears in her eyes will forever remain in my mind. I have always wanted to help people, and now with the slow recognition I will be able to help more people,” she says.