#GoodNews: Kerala Gives India’s 1st Transman Pilot 25 L to Study
Twenty-year-old Adam Harry, India’s first transman pilot, is excited that the Kerala state government is offering him Rs 25 lakh to complete his education.
In 2017, Adam had obtained a private pilot license and become the first transman pilot in the country. However, it was a struggle for Adam, who hails from Thrissur, to fulfill his dream of getting a commercial pilot license.
Speaking to TNM, Adam Harry expressed his happiness that he will now be able to pursue his education without hiding his gender identity.
Though Adam’s family had supported his education earlier, the spotlight on him becoming the first transman pilot of India, made them disown him. He had been struggling ever since to continue his education.
Becoming a pilot was Adam’s wish from childhood. He was sent by his family to Johannesburg to pursue a private pilot course.
After being pushed out of the family, Adam had been doing small jobs until he recently approached the Social Justice Department of the government. Minister KK Shailaja, who heads the department, offered the aid to Adam on meeting him.
“I remember when Adam first came to meet me, he asked about the possibility of a job. But I asked him ‘shouldn’t we fly’. Now I am happy that it (the dream) has been fulfilled,” wrote Minister KK Shailaja on Facebook
She also added that the government is aiming for the comprehensive development of the transgender community.
Adam, who is in Thiruvananthapuram now, is all set to join the aviation academy in two weeks. But amidst the happiness and excitement of moving closer to his dream, Adam also shared that his family has still not accepted him.
(Published in an arrangement with The News Minute)
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