Twenty-five-year-old Nikkiey Chawla has no qualms admitting that a few years ago, she was a man. And the Delhi resident’s decision to come out on national television on the UTV-Bindass show, Emotional Atyachaar, was partially made to prove the same point.
“I’m proud of who I am and I would like to give others the confidence to embrace themselves by seeing me out there,” says Chawla, who owns a beauty salon in the capital. “Also, I’m part of the fashion industry and my boyfriend is an actor and model. I remember everyone constantly asking me whether he was ‘mingling’ with others for work. I just wanted to shut them up by proving them all wrong, which I will.”
For now, Chawla is looking forward to probing her boyfriend’s loyalty on the third season of Emotional Atyachaar in the 7 pm slot on UTV Bindass tonight. Convinced that if he comes clean, he won’t be upset with her for putting his love to test, she adds, “He knows I am clear and blunt like that. If he hasn’t done anything, the relationship remains the same, so nothing will change,” she says, adding, “I told him not to love me unless he knows everything about me.”
Having accepted her choice and new life as a woman, Chawla is currently concentrating on helping others. Already working with an NGO that helps victims of molestation get back on their feet, she’s also in the process of starting an NGO to assist members of the existing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community as well as those trapped in a gender that is not of their choice.
“People keep calling it sex transplantation, the official term for the procedure is sex re-assignment. In 2009, I fulfilled my dream to become a woman and now I want to help people who don’t know where to look and who to talk to. I am going to open my own NGO soon because I know when I wanted help I didn’t know what to do,” says Chawla.