I am Hana Mohan, and this is my blog. There are many like this but this one is mine. I am a transgender woman, a biker, and the reluctant CEO of SupportBee. More importantly, I am just one more Hana (una mas Hana, in Spanish) trying to find her place in this world.
I started transitioning in late 2016 at the age of 33, and I am still in the process of wrapping it up. As I grind through it, I often feel that my personal and professional life is on hold. But I can see the light at the end of this tunnel. The physical transition is long and tiring but so is the social one. One day you are living life as one gender, and then the next day, you are living as the other one. Or so it feels. But the transition is more like an awkward puberty. Puberty mixed up with a midlife crisis. Riding the estrogen fueled roller coaster of emotions demanded my undivided focus, and often, I felt out of the loop with what is going on in the world. This blog is part of my efforts to reintegrate back into the world. Understand the current conversations and be a part of them. Conversations in gender, equality, freedom, and also in technology and business.
I won’t sugarcoat it - being transgender is hard. It’s more than what I wanted to deal with in this lifetime. However, there is a silver lining to this experience. It has sensitized me to the inequality, and injustice that exists in the world, especially for minorities. Before I transitioned, I believed in the rhetoric spread by, and believed by men - that the world is a meritocratic place and the best people win. It’s a wonderfully misguided idea designed to keep you ambitious and hard-working, and doubt yourself, not the system. I am grateful to the women and men challenging this narrative, and doing their bit to make this world a better place for everyone. They do it with their protests, writing, music, technology, and art. I often find myself inspired by their work and I hope to share more of that on this blog.
I don't claim to have a unique voice or insights. Most of what I am gonna say will be paraphrasing these people. However, I hope to find my voice eventually. One conversation at a time! I am @unamashana on Twitter and I look forward to engaging in a conversation with you :)