Siddu has been working since a very young age. He has worked for as less as Rs. 200 a day to support his family of 4 sisters, 1 brother and mother. His father died of suicide when he was just in 4th standard. He could not continue his education after 10th due to financial constraints. Finding work has been a challenge for Siddu -- employers hesitated to employ him because while he dresses as a man, his female voice, they feel, would turn customers away.
It is difficult for Siddu to visit hospitals because of the scrutinisation that happens with his body. Once he met with an accident that hurt his right hand; when he went to the hospital, the doctor asked him to remove his shirt to check for wounds. He couldn’t do it, and left the hospital without treatment. Even today, Siddu is unable to use his hand properly.
Siddu feels that a top surgery would enable him to visit the hospital for his medical needs, take public transport, and even apply for better paying work. His current salary is low. He lives in a rented house with his partner who does daily wage work, and does not make enough for both of them. They are being pressured by their owner to pay rent. He lacks funds to continue his HRT treatment.
The breast removal surgery will enable him to travel for work, get the necessary medical treatments, and spend time with his friends with comfort.
Dhruvant moved to Bangalore for safety. His parents are daily wage workers and have always struggled to make ends meet. Dhruvant himself was a daily wage worker before he moved to Bangalore. When his parents found out about his identity, they did not want to support him any more. And so, he left home.
After moving to Bangalore, Dhruvant began working odd jobs to pay rent. Finally, he began working in a garment factory. However, everywhere he went, he faced bullying and abuse. His colleagues would ask him if he was a boy or a girl. At one point, four men from his workplace misbehaved with him. He was beaten up badly and was extremely hurt.
With limited work opportunities because of his identity, he is unable to make enough money for rent and basic expenses. Dhruvant is currently staying with a friend. He has been unable to save any money. He would like to get his bilateral mastectomy (breast removal) surgery done as soon as possible. He will feel comfortable and more like himself after the surgery. He believes that post his surgery, he would be able to do more for his livelihood such as take up night shifts.
Dhruvant does not have a bank account. Siddu is helping him raise money with this fundraiser. Dhruvant hopes to become self-reliant after the surgery. "I can live by myself without anyone's help" he says.