Contest Entry by Aaima Mansoor: ‘Voices’

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Contestant Name: Aaima Mansoor

Topic: Voices

Excited for our first baby and keeping the gender a surprise, we bought stuff in both pink and blue. The doctor then informed our child was born with a mix of male and female genital organs with none fully developed. He was a transgender. We were shocked and unprepared for this.

Few years down the road, we’d gotten used to people’s criticism for raising a transgenic child and at not having given him away to the transgenic community. At times I felt my head would explode with their voices, so full of hatred for my child, for a reason not even in his control.

When no school gave him admission with the mere explanation that their policy didn’t allow for a third gender, I started homeschooling him. He was intelligent and an avid reader.

One day as I was leaving home for some chores, he hopped along to buy a new book. As he excitedly ran towards the bookstore, he overlooked a car and it hit him, leaving him unconscious on the ground with head injury and excessive bleeding. I rushed him to a nearby hospital. The nurse began to fill his form after telling that he needed to be operated immediately. After being told that he was a transgender, she refused to fill it out further saying the hospital doesn’t entertain transgender.

My little child breathed his last on the bed in reception while the staff couldn’t decide which box to tick in the gender section of his form.

Total words: 250

This is a short story entry by PLB member Aaima Mansoor

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