Acceptance makes fertile soil for seeds of change.

Nobody can go back in time and make a new beginning but certainly, start today and make a new ending. Shreya Reddy decided to sow these seeds of change today. “The city accepts you when you begin to accept yourself” cites this rising LGBT activist in Mumbai, Capacity building officer in TRANScend (Mumbai branch), program officer in connect (Delhi) at The Humsafar Trust.

Though she was subjected to social stigma during her early days, she is now a well-known woman who wants to be a doctor. Born in a society that still has a long way to become normative, she brings to light the various atrocities they have to face just to breathe on our land.

Shreya Reddy grew up in Dharavi by a single mother and faced a lot of struggles. Basic concerns like inaccessibility of shelter, employment, education or other facilities were. Reddy has a Masters's degree from Andhra University and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.

However, her extensive efforts in shattering the social stigmas and breaking through these odds dedicated her life towards the welfare and development of this very society that prejudiced her.

Shreya Reddy has influenced nothing short of a paradigm change in the way people view and treat sexual minorities, her ground-breaking thoughts and ideas have inspired a lot of people and we hope that it keeps on inspiring many more. She has definitely made a difference for the people around her. She has brought about an additional perspective and meaning to people’s lives.

Hence, Shreya Reddy had an itch to stand up for herself and her rights and help others to do the same.

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