Anna Mary Magdalane (Annamma)
Love gives one incredible strength to do things impossible. Annamma fell in love with a man when she was 17 and mustered the courage to come out to her family. Her family, however, did not accept her new identity, so she moved out to live with her love. Annamma wants to be a priest, as it was her grandmother’s wish. This photograph has been taken near the tomb of her grandmother.
“I used to think that it is abnormal for a boy to behave like a girl. I believed that I was sick because I wasn’t interested in any sports. All I wanted to do was dress up as a pretty girl. As I grew up, I realized that I don’t think of myself as a man. I realized that I was not abnormal, but special and different.
I think our young generation should learn about gender and sexuality in their schools. They should learn that gender is beyond being male and female and that it is the only way to change the society. I hope that one day society evolves enough that I can become a priest, and I can educate people regarding this and create more love and acceptance in society.”