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“we had gone to the Clinic 7 hospital one day and met a group of Sudanese who shouted when they saw us and even brought tires and firewood saying they wanted to burn us. They ended up beating me and my husband. We were out of hope when the UN car came and took us to clinic 7.” Kuteesa is a transgender woman from Uganda, she now lives as a refugee in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Her and her husband Ernest met in the camp, both coming to find safety, but neither finding it. “We are so far from the hospitals and so can’t walk there because if you do, you can be stoned to death. Even if you are sick, you have to just suffer in case you fail to get someone to escort you to the hospitals… Everywhere you go, people ridicule you, and we are so misery now.”
Since this picture was taken they have been attacked again, Kuteesa was badly beaten and hospitalized, but luckily she survived. For the LGBTQI＋ refugees living in Kakuma, survival can be a daily struggle. Today, 20 November, is Transgender Day of Remembrance in honor of those who lost their lives in the face of bigotry and transphobia.
Where Love is Illegal traveled to Kenya, Mozambique and Ghana with the support of Elton John AIDS Foundation (@) to continue our work sharing LGBTQI＋ stories of survival and to raise awareness of the impacts of stigma. Around the world, grants made by the Elton John AIDS Foundation make possible the work of countless community-rooted organizations that touch the lives of millions every day. For more information, and to join the fight, visit www.ejaf.org
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