On a Friday afternoon, on 16 January 2015, the student soon to be formerly known as Krishna Singh stepped up in front of a packed assembly hall at Delhi’s Vasant Valley School. “I guess I always knew I was different. I wasn’t exactly a normal kid,” Singh said. “But then again, what is ‘normal?’ Everyone is different, everyone is unique. So why aren't we allowed to flourish with our individual identities?”
Over the next few minutes Singh went on to describe her struggle with gender and identity, and eventually come out as a transgender woman to her peers and teachers.
From that point onwards, her transition to Naina Singh became an assertion of her right to be comfortable in her own skin. As the youngest Indian to have identified as transgender, Singh was all over social media, the news, and public discourse; her private decision was suddenly under the glare of the public eye. And she responded with aplomb—she spoke at public events, appeared on news channels and even started a YouTube channel, where she documents her progress with Hormone Replacement Therapy, and answers questions that pertain to gender and identity. Part agony-aunt, part-activist, and a tall, striking, young woman, NainaQueenB (as she is known across her various social media accounts) has travelled a long way from the fear and stigma that had shrouded her early years.