Adam Harry of Thrissur set to become India’s first transgender commercial pilot
Kollam: Adam Harry is gearing up to conquer the sky by scaling new heights. The transman hailing from Thrissur will soon start his training to become a commercial pilot, India’s first of its kind.
When everyone turned their back, the state government came for his help. The social justice department has promised to provide financial aid for him to complete the training.
Adam will soon enrol himself at the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation in Thiruvananthapuram as a trainee pilot. Rs 23.34 lakh for three-year training will be paid by the government.
“For four months, I have been regularly visiting secretariat for this. If not for Biju Prabhakar, secretary for social justice department, my dream would have remained just a dream,” Adam said.
Adam is also the only Indian transman pilot who completed training from Johannesburg in South Africa.
Adam was brought up as a girl. His family didn’t accept his inner soul or the physical differences. After Plus Two Adam went to Johannesburg. When he returned after training, people started realising his identity. With this his family detained him at home. After physical and mental torture, he left house at the age of 19.
He roamed around in search of job and starved. Finally, he got a job in an aviation academy in Kochi. Later he worked at a juice stall. Now he works as beautician and model. He also takes motivational classes for students in colleges.
“There is no change in society’s attitude towards transgender. They are being abused and ill-treated everywhere. I hope if a transgender creates a model for the society, there could be a change in people’s attitude,” Adam said.