From begging on the roads to achieving her goals, Nisha Rao is the first Pakistani Transgender Lawyer from a military background.
The transgender community has faced the worst forms of rejection and discrimination in our society. However, despite the challenges, there are a few transgender people who managed to follow their passion and turn their dreams into reality.
Many transgender people are finally gaining recognition and appreciation for becoming successful in their respective fields within our society. A case in point is Nisha Rao, who managed to turn her insecurities into her strength and decided to stand up for herself.
She is the first transgender person to become a lawyer in Pakistan and is setting goals for not just her transgender community but for all of us out there who are yet to give up on our dreams.
The Trans Pride Society, an NGO run by Nisha Rao, assisted trans people in opening up the first-ever trans tailor shop in saddar. The inauguration of the shop just took place a few days ago. Read the full story here:
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Nisha is a living example of the fact that you can always find your way – no matter how dark the path is, no matter how many obstacles you face. You stumble, you fall, but then you rise like never before, a little stronger and wiser.
Various Pakistani news channels have interviewed Nisha. Here is Nisha being interviewed by Hums News, and she shares her story. Watch below
Her Life and Struggles
Nisha shares that after completing her Matriculation, she decided to move from her house to a transgender community. Even though there’s no better place like home and your parents take care of your food and necessities of life, she felt more comfortable being around people she could relate to and understand her better. However, in the transgender community, you’ve got to earn your own bread for a living.
Nisha was forced to beg for a living since she was told there was no other way to earn money. She begged for a year, and that is how she earned money to study Law further. Nisha is now working on solving cases and is currently under training by her instructor.
Here’s another interview of Nisha Rao with Chai Toast Aur Host.
Nisha shares that she was in grade 6 when she realized that she’s neither a female nor a male. She felt she was different in terms of her interests, her walk, and even how she conversed with people. By the time she reached 9th grade, she had accepted herself as a transgender person and went through depression but kept silent and didn’t share it with her family.
Family Reaction on Finding Out that She’s Transgender
She reached out to her family during the time she was studying in her first year of intermediate. She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters and is the youngest of her siblings. Her family did not react as badly to the news since her parents have always supported her and doubted her gender from the beginning.
However, her father gave her a hard time for a while but eventually accepted reality and advised Nisha to follow her dreams without indulging in inappropriate activities.
Nisha says she’s proud of who she’s becoming and is ready to achieve more success further.
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