An LGBTQ Fashion Show was organised in Siliguri where more than 28 participants from various districts of North Bengal participated in it.
As Pride Month draws to a close this year, countless individuals have fearlessly embraced their gender identity and sexual orientation, boldly challenging the societal norms that adhere strictly to heteronormativity. Among these courageous individuals is Suchetan Bhattacharya, the child of the former Chief Minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.
Having made the momentous decision to transition from Suchetana to Suchetan, aligning with their innate male identity, Suchetan has taken the proactive step of seeking legal counsel to ensure that their new identity is officially recognized. Additionally, they have begun exploring the legal procedures and requirements necessary for undergoing gender-affirming surgery.
In a recent interview, Suchetan shared that their journey of self-discovery as man traces back to their early days in Montessori school. Through deep introspection and a profound exploration of their true self, they came to the realization that the gender they were assigned at birth did not align with their authentic identity.
Moreover, Suchetan openly expressed that their family, including their father, have been aware of their gender journey from its inception.
Undeterred by the societal pressures that come with being born into an influential family, Suchetan courageously emphasized that, as a 41-year-old individual, they have the unassailable right to live their life authentically and in alignment with their own desires, without any interference or judgment from others.
The news of Suchetan’s transition into a trans man came to light following a social media post by LGBTQ activist Suprava Roy. Roy shared a heartfelt picture of Suchetan passionately addressing a symposium dedicated to discussing the livelihoods of the LGBTQ+ community. During the event, Suchetan fearlessly identified themselves as a trans man and publicly declared their intention to adopt their chosen identity once they undergo gender-affirming surgery.
In their own resolute words, Suchetan declared, “This decision is mine alone. I implore everyone not to distort this news. This is my personal struggle, and I choose to face it independently. It’s never too late. I have carried this orientation within me since childhood, encountering both unwavering support and harsh criticism. In my mind, I am a trans man, and I aspire to align my physical self with my true identity.”
Amidst these recent developments, Suchetan humbly requested that the media refrain from distorting the facts or perpetuating any false narratives about their family. Their heartfelt plea exemplifies their desire for genuine understanding and acceptance as they embark on this deeply personal and transformative journey of self-discovery.