The smartphone freed me’: a journey of dating as a transwoman

08 Jun 2017

It was a Saturday morning. I shut the door to my room on some pretext, went into the bathroom, and began reading out numbers on my phone screen. The number sequence was random, and I read each sequence out in different voices. First slower, pausing and extending the way I pronounced each digit. Next, breathier…

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Salutations of Love

17 May 2017

#LoveMakesAFamily They say in those books from which they draw their prejudice that to love others one must first love themselves, I shall take that action. To celebrate every person who possesses a deliberate boldness to live their truth, in all its color and pizzazz, all who stand against a culture pickled in traditional values…

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Love Makes A Family

17 May 2017

Dinner is awkwardly quiet. The tension looming over us is suffocating. Making up my mind, I clear my throat. Everyone is looking at me. “Growing up, I never realised I had two mothers until I was around 10. On that day, I had found my mothers kissing in the kitchen and honestly, I was deep…

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We Should Treat those Different from Us as Human Beings

01 May 2017

My friend and I went to buy a dress for me. We met in town and after 20 minutes, we found a stall with dresses she liked. I tried on a couple of them and finally settled on a ‘girly’ one. Then the time came to agree on the price with the (male) shop attendant. I jokingly…

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I Was Never The Quiet One

27 Apr 2017

An interview with Gigi Louisa, LGBQ activist in Kenya “In Kenya , I always have to be careful. Because I’m attracted to women, because of the work I do and just because I am a woman. I can be attacked at any time, on the street or in my own house. Or I can be…

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Kenya Should Promote the Right to Health for Sexual Minorities

20 Apr 2017

Sexual minorities, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, face high rates of HIV prevalence. However, many lack basic human rights protections and access to HIV services that would help reduce HIV infections and meet the 2006 commitment of member states to “ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and…

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Why Silence Should Never An Option in A Hellish Society

23 Mar 2017

We live in strange and scary times. The president of the world’s most powerful nation is using Twitter to send out 140-character messages (full of spelling mistakes, I might add) to the world. Yes, Donald Trump, who has an army of communication and public relations experts at this disposal, is physically typing angry messages on…

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I Am More Than My Sexuality

02 Mar 2017

I was born and raised in Kenya. I am a teacher, a voter, your neighbour, a student, a doctor, a parent, a police officer, an entrepreneur, a friend, a lawyer a judge, a policy maker just to mention a few. I am a law abiding citizen and I always pay my taxes on time. I…

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Bring the LGBQ Conversation Out of the Closet

27 Jan 2017

Coming out and identifying yourself as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Queer is always a challenge no matter where you live because of the stigma and discrimination that one is bound to face for the rest of their lives. Diversity is a beautiful thing, and to make people feel excluded for something they have no control over…

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For gays and lesbians in Mombasa, coming out is a ticket to stigma and discrimination

22 Dec 2016

Family rejection, homelessness and imprisonment are some of the harsh realities facing Mombasa’s sexual and gender minorities. Although human rights organisations are fighting for their equal rights, stigmatisation and discrimination remain high. Eric, 18, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, said he came out as gay to himself and to his family…

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