Caitlyn Jenner VS Maya Jafer A Real True Story Of Discrepancy
When Bruce Jenner transformed into a woman as Caitlyn Jenner? Caitlyn Jenner receives a woman of the year award? But when Mohammed transformed into a Maya? It’s a whole new ball game. Maya suffered from sexual abuse, verbal abuse, and emotional abuse. So why there is so much discrepancy?
As the Supreme Court passes section 377 for the LGBT community, a critical question arises. What happens to the injustice already done? Damage has been done for years. The wise amendment was done by the Supreme Court, but does religion not play a major role in Indian society?
She transformed from Mohammed to Maya. Are there more Mohammeds out there trying to fight their real identity? In an exclusive interview with Maya Jafer, more truth is revealed. The fake world and the real courage to breath, live, and survive! Maya is a story that reflects the strength and challenges of transgender woman.
Maya left home because she was abused frequently or because the society and family ostracized her. As a child, Maya did not know what gender or religion she was, but she knew she wanted to play with dolls and her mother’s veil. It was a body of a man, but the soul felt like a woman. Although being transgender was already difficult for Maya, being born into a religion that does not accept the reality of transgender people, was something she never understood completely. Do you need breaths for living or courage to breath in a society that refuses to accept your reality? Meet Maya Jafer!
Tell us about yourself, Maya.
I was born and raised in a strict Muslim family in Madurai, Tamil Naidu, in India. Growing up I felt different. I was obviously born as a boy, but I felt something was not right. You know it is funny that I did not even know the difference between girls and boys. That was when I used to play with my mother’s veil. I did not know why my father was always getting angry with me for playing with my mother’s veil. I was different. I was fair. Because I was different, I was mocked around in the school growing up. There was not just emotional abuse, but also physical abuse. Coming from a very strict Muslim family it was considered wrong and evil of me to feel this way.
What was life like when you were in your teenage years? Did anything change?
I grew up hating myself. I always thought I should die. If an feminist man was raped or some man got attracted to me, it was never his fault. I was the one who was considered evil because I am the one who attracted that man. “You are evil; you are the one who seduced them” they would say.
How was your time during college?
When I was 18 years old, I was able to get into a medical school because I was a brilliant student and had a dream of becoming a doctor. I went to another state called Mangalore to further my education. I always thought that maybe I was gay. As I was growing up, I was always attracted to men. My idols were always female movie stars like Sri Devi and Madhuri Dixit. I always wanted to dress and to look like them. I fell in love with a man when I was in college who happened to be from a Muslim family too. In the beginning, I avoided him as much as I could, but then it just happened and before I knew it, we were physically involved with each other. Sadly, however, my honeymoon lasted less than two weeks. The fear of religion and being abandoned by family and friends made that man quit the relationship. Not only did he end our relationship, but he also married another girl from the same class and now they have children. I was heartbroken, but I managed to complete my education with distinction and I was valedictorian.
When did you realize you were transgender?
I went back home after completing my education as a doctor. I started teaching. There was a nonprofit organization where there were Buddhists. The guru there saw me and recognized the woman in me. He placed a “bindi” (a traditional Indian colored dot worn on the forehead by women) on my forehead. He gave me a new name, “Maya”. I was reborn! My fantasy of being a beautiful woman just came true. I loved wearing a bindi and dressing up like a woman.
What was your family’s reaction to you being so different?
I did not go to my father’s funeral when he passed away if that explains anything. I was pinched and beaten up as a child. My mornings as a child were horrible. We were raised with many strict religious rules. My father wanted me to act more like a man. There was not a question of being gay or being transgender. My father often hit me because I was different. My brother also mocked and teased me. It was awful growing up in that sort of environment.
What made you move to the USA?
I was a successful doctor in India. However, at the same time, I was getting a lot of proposals for arranged marriages. I did not want to marry a woman and ruin her life. I believe that true success comes when you are happy with your inner-self. I was miserable from the inside. Therefore, I chose to move to the USA to study and complete my second doctorate degree in natural medicine.
When did you transition from a man to a woman?
On August 27, 2009, I received my first estrogen shot. On April 1, 2010, I started living as a woman fulltime. On February 10, 2011, I had my surgery in Bangkok to complete my transition as a trans-woman. I finally started to look like a woman. The place I am currently living in LA, they used to see me as a man and now they see me as a woman. I never wanted to change as a woman. I have seen transgender individuals being mistreated. Some people force them to become sex workers and toss them around like beggars. This decision was not for anyone else. It was for me. My family disowned me. Why would I care for strangers? So I did what I felt was right for me.
How was life after this huge change?
Life was never pleasant. When I started taking estrogen, it was a completely new ball game. I started to feel like a 14-year-old girl at the age of 41. I was practicing as a doctor, but I started to feel miserable and I would cry in front of my patients. I was done. I started working in a rehab center at night and I followed my dream during the day, which was to be a speaker for the transgender community and wanted to become a successful actor. My short documentary was first released “rites of passage and then it became a feature “Mohammed to Maya”.
How is life right now and How do you feel?
Well, I am officially a woman and want to be a global visual media personality. Despite all the hate around me, I feel blessed that I have a job, a roof over my head and food to eat.