Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Hermaphrodite: Victor Juliet Mukasa
Mukasa is biologically female. In Uganda, people expected him to act like one and, when he didn't (couldn't, he insists), his father and his school beat him for acting like a boy.
In a 2006 speech to the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Geneva, Mukasa lists some of the abuses transgender people face in Africa. They are:
Raped to prove they're women.
Publicly mocked and beaten by police.
Forcibly undressed and humiliated.
Evicted by landlords.
"I became so desperate. I asked myself, `Why is this happening to me?' And I had an answer: `Because I am a lesbian and because of how I present myself,'" Mukasa says.
at 8:18 AM