“And That’s How I Survived Being Killed”

Today was the publication of, "And That's How I Survived Being Killed": Testimonies of Human Rights Abuses From Uganda's Sexual and Gender Minorities by Sexual Minorities Uganda. Finally seeing it in print was such an amazing experience. The report includes testimonies from interviews of selected cases from the 264  documented cases of human rights abuses toward … Continue reading “And That’s How I Survived Being Killed”

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“Acting straightly—acting straight is really important”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). I went to Rihanna’s place and asked her about masculinity. I needed to get some more insight into specific things she does to “play it straight” as a transgender woman in Kampala. A few weeks earlier she told me about “transgender ways” — and that they are difficult for her … Continue reading “Acting straightly—acting straight is really important”

“Because many of us are sex workers”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). "I identify myself as a trans woman. I feel myself to be a lady. It's me I can't change.  I'm proud to be what I am. And I'm special." "At the moment I'm not schooling. I was expelled from school - they found me kissing, romancing another student in the … Continue reading “Because many of us are sex workers”

My first night at a sometimes kuchu bar

But before I left the compound I told ██████ that I was going out for observations. She reacted with “I know that place. It's for the homosexuals. They go boy-boy and girl-girl.” She also (jokingly) suggested I go “boy-boy” to fit in.

“You do know about our Homosexuality Act don’t you?”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). I went to an HIV support organization on the edge of the city to meet with the research admin about my project. I went in and he came out to look over my application. I briefly told him that I would be researching “sexuality, stigma, and HIV.” He started smiling … Continue reading “You do know about our Homosexuality Act don’t you?”